Friday, March 02, 2007

New Learning Strategies for Generation X

I just read New Learning Strategies for Generation X by Bettina Lankard. It is a 1997 ERIC Digest from the now defunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education. Despite the age, I still found it a good read.

Now the Gen X age group are professionals and many are teachers, I note the recent literature on generations has shifted to focus on teaching millennials.

From the site:

Generation X workers resent the labels that have been used to describe them: slackers, arrogant, disloyal, having short attention spans. In fact, these descriptions are less likely to reflect the behaviors of individuals in Generation X than the perceptions of managers who are not attuned to new ways of learning. This Digest investigates ways in which the learning characteristics of the young adults classified as Generation X reflect the need for the new teaching and learning strategies promoted by cognitive scientists, such as learning in context, cooperative learning, and real-world application of knowledge.

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