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Generational Differences and Learning Strategies

Generational Differences and Learning Strategies. Oxnard College May 26, 2009 Dr. Frank Benest (650) 444-6261 frank@frankbenest.com. Overview. Premises Three Different Generations Defining Events and Traits Key Teaching and Learning Issues

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Generational Differences and Learning Strategies

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  1. Generational Differences and Learning Strategies Oxnard College May 26, 2009 Dr. Frank Benest (650) 444-6261 frank@frankbenest.com

  2. Overview • Premises • Three Different Generations • Defining Events and Traits • Key Teaching and Learning Issues • A Focus on the Oxnard College Student Population 6. Frank’s Suggested Practices 7. “One Idea That I Want To Try” 8. Resources and Questions

  3. Premises • Different generations exhibit different values and traits • The primary student population at Oxnard College share many of the values and traits of Gen Y but is also different • Understand the Gen Y population at the College can help us craft learning strategies and support services

  4. Premises(con’t) 4. Learning strategies and support services tailored for the student population at the College can have a great impact on student success

  5. GenerationBorn Boomers 1946-64 Gen X 1965-81 Gen Y 1982-2000 (Millennials) Numbers 80 million 46 million 76 million Three Different Generations

  6. Vietnam War ? ? ? Defining Events--Boomers--

  7. Defining Events--Gen X-- • Divorce • ? • ? • ?

  8. Defining Events --Gen Y-- 9/11 attacks ? ? ?

  9. Boomers--Traits-- Institutions: deserve to change Career path: job changing puts you behind Feedback: once a year whether you need it or not Communication: phone informal network Rewards: money, title, recognition Relationships: personal gratification

  10. Idealistic Work first Driven, go extra mile Competitive Achievement-oriented Questioning of authority Optimistic Willing to pay dues, tolerate poor management Linear Hierarchical Single-task oriented Good at jobs with long time horizons Enjoy team work Prefer consensual decision-making Boomers--Traits--

  11. Gen X--Traits-- Institutions: are suspect Career path: job changing is necessary Feedback: “so, how am I doing?” Communication: internet research Rewards: freedom! Relationships: reluctant to commit

  12. Work to live Family first Resourceful Self-reliant Independent Impatient Adaptive to change, technology Skeptical Entrepreneurial Independent Despise structure and micro-managing Critical thinkers Want decision-making involvement Informal Gen X--Traits--

  13. Institutions: judged on their own merits Career path: career doesn’t have to be straight path Feedback: from virtual coach with push of a button Communication: IM a friend Rewards: meaningful work Relationships: inclusive Millennials--Traits--

  14. Realistic Pragmatic Cyber-literate Media savvy Environmentally conscious Embrace diversity Value guidance Collaborative Close to families Parents are role models Value guidance Strong believe in value of education Want structure Globally conscious Millennials--Traits--

  15. From your experience, what are effective teaching and learning strategies that you have used with MIllennials?

  16. 1. Focus on experiential learning and interaction (and incorporate their talents and knowledge) 2. Encourage learning in teams 3. Provide structure 4. Give a lot of feedback 5. Use technology 6. Make it fun (movement, games, music, art) 7. Present big picture and context Teaching and Learning Strategies for Millennials

  17. 8. Be visual 9. Promote talking and action by students 10. Be clear and specific in instructions 11. Use 15-20 minute attention spans Teaching and Learning Strategies

  18. Oxnard College Student Population • How is primary student population at College similar to mainstream Gen Y population? example: family oriented • How is primary student population at College different from mainstream Gen Y population? example: poorer

  19. Family-oriented Strong work ethic Comfortable with technology and media Respectful of education and teachers Want to be successful What are key assets in helping our students succeed?

  20. Students a. Must work to support themselves and family b. Poor study skills or tradition of studying c. Don’t realize time and energy commitment to succeed What are challenges?

  21. Don’t have experience asking for support from teachers and counselors Don’t know kind of support they need Exhibit poor time management and focus What are challenges?

  22. What are challenges? • Community Colleges a. Not sufficient focus on the first semester b. Students learn too late that they are in academic trouble c. Support systems are not always well coordinated d. Scheduling is not ideal for students

  23. Frank’s Suggestions To enhance learning experience and promote success. . . • Focus on first semester success • Fine-tune scheduling a.Time to go to class, study and get tutoring for 1-2 hrs, time to go to class, time to study

  24. Frank’s Suggestions • Promote “school families,” especially during first year a. Learning communities of 25 b. Take 2-3 Basic Skills classes together, especially in first semester c. Emphasize team learning d. Provide and coordinate instructional assistance inside and outside class e. Integrate counseling support f. Provide instruction in using web tools (for both students and faculty)

  25. Frank’s Suggestions • Develop “early alert” system for those having academic problems a. After mid-term is often too late b. Use text or automated calls to cell phone (don’t use mail or email) c. Include instructional assistants in loop

  26. “One Idea That I Want To Try”

  27. Resources Julie Coates, Generational Learning Styles, 2007 Lynne Lancaster and David Stillman, When Generations Collide, 2002 William Strauss, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, 2002

  28. Wrap Up • One key learning? • Perplexing issues? • Questions? Thank You! www.frankbenest.com

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