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Teaching Millennial Students Bridget Arend University of Denver TELECOOP Conference, April 2008 Where were you… on VJ Day? when John F. Kennedy was assassinated? when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded? Generational Studies Generational cohorts Peer Personalities Life Views Traditional generation = Loyal Born before mid-1940s World Wars, the Great Depression, racial inequalities, GI Bill Faith in institutions, military style of management Conformity = success Life Views Baby Boomers = Optimistic Born early 1940s - early 1960s Space race, Civil Rights, Vietnam War, political assassinations, Watergate, sex & drugs, television Self-indulgence and inward focus Competitive Life Views Generation X = Skeptical Born early 1960s - 1980 Destruction of the Berlin Wall, rise of AIDS, Chernobyl disaster, Tiananmen Square, consumerism, divorce, personal computer Era of at-risk & latchkey kids, Reality bites economy Criticized, critical, slackers Life Views Millennials = Realistic Born after 1981 Computers, Internet, real wars on TV, extreme violence in schools, change is the norm Era of The wanted child –Adoption, fertilization technologies The protected child – Tylenol scare, Columbine The worthy child – Mr. Rogers/Barney “you are special” The perfected child – Highly-homeworked & tested Clash Points Millennials The Beloit College Mindset List http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/mindset/ In their own words… A Vision of Students Today Digital Ethnography Project Kansas State University Core Traits Special/Sheltered Confident Pressured Achieving Technologically savvy Team-oriented Anti-autocratic References http://portfolio.du.edu/ctlcoffeebreaks Millennials Go to College, Neil Howe & William Strauss, 2003. Generation ME, Jean M. Twenge, 2006. When Generations Collide, Lynne C. Lancaster & David Stillman, 2002. Millennials Rising, Neil Howe & William Strauss, 2000.
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