7 Facilitating learning involves understanding who our students are. Different age groups seem to learn differently. Differences in learning based on age is one of many variables, certainly along with learning styles, that teaching faculty need to understand in order to be effective.
5/4/20158 In Millennials rising: The next great generation, Howe and Strauss (2000) describe the unique attributes of the generation entering college at this time. Similar studies have been done for previous generations. Although these are by definition generalizations, it is helpful to become familiar with this research so that you can better plan for your student populations. 60 Minutes piece - The Millennials are Coming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5IfsNqJcmAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5IfsNqJcmA (9:43)
5/4/20159 60 Minutes Story HERE COME THE MILLENNIALS - They are in their late teens to early twenties and have been coddled by their parents to the point of being ill prepared for a demanding workplace. Morley Safer reports on the generation called "millennials." Katy Textor is the producer. Somebody better start investing in Gold Stars for these bright stars rising.
5/4/201510 Born between around 1982 and the late 1990s, they grew up with technology at their fingertips. While similar to Xers, they are known to be more optimistic, fun seeking, and flexible, but they are also the most coddled of all. These students, known as “Millenials,” “Generation M,” or “Echo Boomers,” were born in or after 1982 and represent 70-80 million people or nearly 30 percent of the American population. They are also the most diverse generation in our history = 34 percent of them are minorities
5/4/201512 What Are Their Characteristics? Collaborative Social Desire group activity Diverse group that values their diversity Resilient Multi-task, multi-process Easily access and share information
5/4/201513 More characteristics These students grew up in a time of economic prosperity They are the most protected generation in terms of government regulations on consumer safety. They are used to being indulged They are expected to excel When they were growing up, they were highly scheduled and sheltered. Multitasking is a way of life for this generation.
5/4/201517 ONE WORKPLACE, FOUR GENERATIONS With four generations working side by side in today's academic workplace, it helps to understand who is in the office next door. Here are some generalizations that, while they may not accurately describe every baby boomer or Gen Xer on a campus, can be used as a rough generational guide. Or perhaps an excuse to break the ice with a co-worker who might share a fondness for Super Mario Brothers or attendance at Woodstock.
5/4/201518 Traditionalists aka: the Silent Generation, veterans Born: between about 1925 and 1946 Cultural influences: Great Depression, World War II, Korean War, postwar boom era, GI Bill Workplace values: loyalty, recognition, hierarchy, resistance to change
5/4/201519 Baby Boomers aka: the Sandwich Generation (since many take care of both children and aging parents) Born: between about 1946 and 1964 Cultural influences: popularization of television, assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Beatles, first moon walk, Vietnam War, antiwar protests, sexual revolution Workplace values: dedication, face time, team spirit
5/4/201520 Generation X aka: the Slacker Generation, the Me Generation Born: between about 1964 and 1982 Cultural influences: fall of the Soviet Union, women's-liberation movement, MTV, grunge, rise of home video games and personal computers, birth of the Internet, dot-com boom and bust Workplace values: work-life balance, autonomy, flexibility, informality
5/4/201521 Generation Y aka: The Millennials Born: between about 1982 and the late 1990s Cultural influences: Internet era, September 11 terrorist attacks, cellphones, Columbine High School massacre, Facebook Workplace values: feedback, recognition, fulfillment, advanced technology, fun
5/4/201526 How Do They Learn? Visually and kinesthetically (see and do) Small collaborative groups Through technology Structured environment Variety in learning tasks and strategies for learning them
5/4/201527 Gravitate toward group activity Identify with the parents’ values & feel close to their parents Spend more time doing homework and housework and less time watching TV Believe “it’s cool to be smart” Fascinated by new technologies Are racially & ethnically diverse Often (one in five) have at least one immigrant parent
5/4/201528 How Do We Teach Net Gen? Multiple Technology Literacies Text, images, and multi-media Information navigation Learning situated in action through discovery and the use of judgment
5/4/201529 Use technology tools to address Net Gen learning needs: EmailAlternative AssessmentsVideo Clips BlogsWeb QuestsCases Power PointsWikis Graphic Organizers Videos Simulations
5/4/201531 “Helicopter Parents” One who hovers over his or her child in college and swoop into his/her academic affairs. Many say these baby boomer parents write their children’s entrance essays into college or go to interviews with them. These parents are stating that they have a vested interest, not only in their children, but in their education and life after high school to try to give them the best start. They are, in a way, protecting their investment in their child’s future by getting them of to a good start.
5/4/201532 The question is When does this good start end and the children have to stand on their own two feet?