In this project, the students dealt with the pan-European phenomenon of demographic change. They recognized for example its causes and consequences in the European context and at their national level.
On this basis, the students thematized and picked out the significant differences between their own young generation and that of their parents and grandparents concerning world views, attitudes, technical experiences and understanding, view of history and their own national identity. Their own definition from the parental generation has been taken as a feature of their existence and was the foundation of their reflection and motivation.
A survey and personal interviews with representatives of the older generation were the base for the results in all countries. In addition, students explored examples of the effects and impacts of lifestyle of this older generation to the present time. They also provided a critical comparison to their own generation and they were able to formulate their future expectations. The generational differences have been illustrated in specific aspects such as the importance of family, art, forms of communication, future expectations, nature experiences, mobility, lifestyle and nutrition. In addition, the students have worked on the issue of generation difference in literature in their home countries.
By doing this in various project documents, they presented a picture of the history of mentalities and social development from the 20th century down to the 21st from a national and European perspective.
The results and the project activities also contributed to a better intergenerational understanding and promoted solidarity between the generations.
Objectives, Subjects and Approach
To learn about regional, national and international demographic change through different subtopics.
To learn more about European languages. Improvement of the project's working language English.
To learn more about ICT using different platforms and technology as a means of communication and for presentations.
To learn about responsibility to accomplish a common goal and also about how to plan, document and present the project.
Understanding of demographic change and the gap between generations in Europe (regional, national, international) through various subtopics.
Understanding of the diversity of languages spoken in Europe, also in a sociolinguistic context.
Understanding the importance of one common language / English as a means of communication within Europe.