Intergenerational Music Co-Listening

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This research project investigates how grandparents and teen grandchildren can use technology to be online together and share a conversation around their favourite music. This is an exploratory study to understand both the social and technical barriers that might make having such interactions difficult for grandparents and teen grandchildren, with an aim to designing technologies to support intergenerational co-listening in the future.

Recruitment Script

Investigators: Nabila Chowdhury (MSc student, chowdh26@myumanitoba.ca), Dr. Celine Latulipe (celine.latulipe@umanitoba.ca) and Dr. Jim Young (young@cs.umanitoba.ca)

You are invited to participate in a study on the topic of supporting online intergenerational conversation between older adults and their teenage grandchildren around music. We are recruiting grandparents and grandchildren who are reasonably comfortable with online communication tools (e.g., Zoom, FaceTime, email, etc.). If you can independently send or receive emails and can surf the internet, that knowledge is enough for our study.

In this study, a grandparent and their teen grandchild will listen to a few of their favourite songs and have a conversation while on Zoom. Both grandparent and teen grandchild will share two of their favourite songs via email with the researcher ahead of time (but don’t worry – you will be able to change your selected music before and during the session). The researcher will create a playlist that will be played in the Zoom session. During the Zoom session, after each song is played the grandparent and teen grandchild will converse about the music they shared, or about anything they feel like. After the co-listening and conversation session, one of the researchers will interview each grandparent and grandchild separately. During the Zoom session your conversation and interviews will be recorded so that they can be analyzed later to understand the social and technical barriers that hinder sustained intergenerational conversations around music. Completing both the conversation session and interview session will take approximately 90 mins. Grandparents and grandchildren each will receive $30CAD for participating in the study. Participants will contribute to research about sustaining collaborative engagement between older adults and grandchildren around music, which could lead to the development of new technologies targeted at collaborative platforms for older adults and grandchildren. 

This research has been approved by the University of Manitoba  Research Ethics Board, Fort Garry Campus. If you have any concerns or complaints about this project you may contact any of the above-named persons or the Human Ethics Coordinator at 204-474-7122 or humanethics@umanitoba.ca.

To participate in the study, as a grandparent you need to be at least 65 years old. To participate in the study, as a teen grandchild you must be aged 12-17 and have your parents’ consent. If you are interested or need more information, please contact:

Nabila Chowdhury. (chowdh26@myumanitoba.ca)

Consent Form

Both the grandparent and the grandchild must consent for the study to happen. The grandchild will be asked for verbal consent during the study, the grandchild’s parent or legal guardian must complete the online consent form below.

Grandparent Consent Form

Consent Form for Grandchild (must be completed by parent)

Final Report

Once the survey closes and analysis is complete, a summary report of the results of this research will be posted here.