I first heard that word on an episode of Bull, starring Michael Weatherly. When I was young, I always had a dictionary beside me for instances where I encountered new words. Today, I just googled it.

From what I understand, it would be comparable to the transfer of information from a tradesman to an apprentice. I have been an apprentice in 2 trades, and I have been a tradesman with 2 apprentices. From experience, this is the best way to learn because the apprentice is receptive and the tradesman is passing along his knowledge.

It could also be compared to teaching, except that the teacher has no choice but to teach,

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  1. roseinbloom

    Davidr, Generativity is a good thing. I am not familiar with your definition but I think a lot of older people are really want to teach they younger people, pass on knowledge, and help the younger people live a better life. I have helped my grandchildren a great deal. Generativity can also mean learning and growing whether someone teaches you or you learn on your own. In older years to grow and improve is an uphill climb. The opposite is easy.

      1. roseinbloom

        davidv, Fear of failure should not be the reason to let go of anything, but some things are just too risky for us as we age and some things need to be given and replaced with safer and less harmful things. I don’t jog. I don’t walk as much as I did. I don’t use a treadmill Mill mush, but I do like my rowing machine and a Nu Step machine. I also do some other machines.

  2. starlette

    Hi David, the way I have always perceived it is that if you take an apprentice on its the duty of the qualified people over them to teach and train, no choice or how else are they going to learn, they worked for very low pay in my day in exchange for the training they expected, it used to be done along side going to evening classes at the local technical college………teachers don’t have a choice because that’s the career they chose and for what they get paid ..……today there are certain schemes for which employers get paid from the government to train the young in their chosen profession