The Culture of Getting Old (LS-HU-279)

This learning scenario is the first part of our international eTwinning project entitled Our culture is our gif(t). This includes the first month of our learning landscape, approximately 6-8 lessons.

Each month focuses on a democratic value and a famous international day related to it. The aim of the LS is to get familiar with the platform of Europeana and basic creative commons issues. Then students search for artefacts related to getting old. The English language is related in a way that we also look up phrases related to ageing.

An elderly man with a skull and an hourglass, representing the misery of old age. Engraving by C.G. Schultze, 1770, after C.-F. Hutin – Charles-Francois Hutin. Wellcome Collection – CC BY –

Value: age equality

Famous day: 1 October – International Day of the elderly

Europeana in vocational education

This LS is outstanding for 2 reasons:

  • 1. the topic itself is not as light as in other projects, difficult to consume even for teachers
  • 2. it is done mostly in vocational schools, where involving culture in learning is not really a common issue. My students are going to be IT specialists and culture cannot be further away from their everyday studies.
Students’ answer to the question: ‘What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘culture’? ‘

The story behind the pictures

Getting old is also something not palpable for students, it is in their faraway future. But once searching for pictures on Europeana, memories of their childhood spent with their grandparents came into their minds and it has bought back a feeling of familiarity and closeness in the classroom.

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CC BY-NC-SA 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the University of Graz.

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