Vol. 22 No. 1 (2023): n° 1 gennaio-giugno 2023
Dossier "Les familles et l’inclusion: quels enjeux critiques et quelles perspectives?"

Towards a New Pedagogy of Grandparenting: Proposing a Participatory Project

Daniela Angela Mangione
Anglia Ruskin University
Paulette Luff
Anglia Ruskin University
Mallika Kanyal
Anglia Ruskin University

Published 2023-07-31


  • grandparenting,
  • participatory research,
  • arts,
  • transformative learning,
  • relational pedagogy

How to Cite

Mangione, D. A., Luff, P., & Kanyal, M. (2023). Towards a New Pedagogy of Grandparenting: Proposing a Participatory Project. Rivista Italiana Di Educazione Familiare, 22(1), 17–28. https://doi.org/10.36253/rief-14460


Grandparents often influence their grandchildren’s lives, with opportunities for mutual learning. Despite interdisciplinary research on grandparenting, little research is undertaken with grandparents. Inspired by relational pedagogy, participatory research and transformative learning, we propose an arts-based project with grandparents as co-researchers. Grandparents may engage in two forms of Working Group: in a drama learning space and/or in visual and language-based activities. In these Working Groups, grandparents will reflect upon their roles. A Research Group of grandparents will work with researchers to analyse data from the workshops and disseminate findings. We anticipate co-creation of new understandings of contemporary grandparenting.


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