The Intergenerational Field Needs More Ethnographic Research
Apart from the psychological approach, the amount and variety of intergenerational research have been limited. A few studies have examined the effects of intergenerational programs on student learning (Cooledge & Wurster, 1985; Powell, Wisenbaker, & Conner, 1987). Others have focused on participant behaviors. For example, Kuehne (1989) categorized the interactions between children and older adults in an intergenerational program in an adult day center as falling into
positive or negative categories and found that most observed interactions were positive.