Presentation on theme: "According to Howe and Strauss, Generational boundaries have social and historical significance The generational “boundaries” reflect each generation’s."— Presentation transcript:
According to Howe and Strauss, Generational boundaries have social and historical significance The generational “boundaries” reflect each generation’s shared “age location in history” The members of a generation draw a “collective persona and set of shared beliefs”.
“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations, much is given. Of other generations, much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” -Franklin Roosevelt, 1936
Students born between app. 1982 – 2000-2 Entered our campuses in Fall of 2000 Lowest child-to-parent ration in US history “Quality Education” a political issue Often compared to GI Generation Growing up during the decline in the following: -poverty rates, divorce rates, abortion rates, and homicide rates against children
Columbine and other school violence The 2000 Presidential election 9/11 Massive natural disasters such as Ivan, Katrina, and the Indonesian Tsunami War (1 st and 2 nd Gulf war, Afghanistan)
The are the original “Baby on Board” babies Older generations have made them feel vital to the nation Very important to their parents’ sense of purpose
80’s child-abuse frenzy, kids safety rules and devices, post-Columbine lockdown Worried parents became avid consumers They are the focus of the most sweeping youth safety movement in America
High levels of trust and optimism They equate good news for themselves with good news for their country Focus on finding “balance” in life Want to “make a contribution to society” vs. “having lots of money”
From Barney to soccer to school uniforms Classroom emphasis on group learning Educators harnessing peer pressure to enforce rules – student juries, peer grading Developing strong team instincts Tight peer bonds
Pushed to study hard and avoid personal risks Urged to take advantage of opportunities adults offer them “Trophy Kid” pressure (My kid is an honor student at…) Leads to many of the emotional issues students are facing Most medicated generation
Millennials can be characterized by the 4 P’s: Pressured Parents Praised Planned
Cheating – they can’t define it. More group work and collaborations, team study, take-home essays and open- ended problem solving tend to blur lines Special challenge in educating them will be to instill a clear understanding of where originality and plagiarism begin and end. How do we meet their technological needs/expectations?
“Zero tolerance for delays”—Instant Messaging; on-line consumerism “Consumer” and “creator” roles are blurring – think of file sharing, digital music, etc. “Computers aren’t technology” – they are the minimum expected “Reality is no longer real” – online personas, etc.
What implications are there for the ever- increasing parental involvement?
Millennials born roughly between 1982 – 1990 likely have Boomer parents
Understanding the mindset… Boomer parents enlist the “team” (doctors, attorneys, psychiatrists, etc.) to aid in resolving disputes/concerns Boomer parents generally perceive education as worth the time and money Boomers possess a powerful urge to “participate” in their children’s educational experiences
Millennials born after 1990 likely have Gen-Xer parents
Understanding the mindset… Products of the “latch key” era Mistrust of “institutions” Focused on the “bottom line” Very entrepreneurial Higher Education was major financial burden for most Self-taught – think “Idiots guide to…” or “…for Dummies”
Will apply the Fed Ex test to most situations – “cheerful, fast and efficient” – products, information and services provided real time, on-line, 24/7 Will take quick, decisive action Will assume that anything immeasurable is untrustworthy Will want proof that money spent is a good investment
The “co-purchase” will be directive by the parents – called “executive co- purchase” Will demand consequences Will expect schools to be run like marketplace businesses Will be “menu driven” – think ordering a Dell computer
We will be serving Millennials and their Gen- Xer parents through the late 20teens What changes have you noticed already? How will we need to adapt to the student’s and parent’s needs? What specific areas will need to become a focus for serving them? What “best practices” have you used that have been successful?
Millennials Go to College, 2 nd Edition (Howe & Strauss, 2007) Boomers, Gen-Xers & Millennials – Understanding the New Students (D. Oblinger, 2003) Working with the New Millennial Student (Leavitt, Snyder & Whipple – 2005) A Glimpse Into the Attitudes & Beliefs of the Millennial Generation (Sandfort & Haworth, Journal of College & Character, 2007)