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MIXING GENERATIONS in the Classroom BY DR. JEAN NORRIS CAN THEY COEXIST? I n the late 80s, I worked at a college that believed adult and traditional student prospects were so uniquely different that separate divisions in the admissions office were established to manage each segment. But, when I was a faculty member, we didn’t have the same luxury. Although attempts were made to encourage adults to attend evening-only classes, and keep recent high school graduates out of night school, it didn’t last very long. Soon, I was faced with the challenge of teaching individuals who possessed varying academic levels and learning preferences, all in the same room. Understanding the Generational Differences Today’s faculty member works with at least three different generations in the classroom. The challenge for faculty is to be an effective facilitator of learning by making the content relevant for all groups. This is a tremendous task when one considers what each generation brings with them, as a result of the experiences and beliefs that shape their learning preferences (Figure 1). First, consider how baby boomers (48–66 years old) were taught. Their experience is one of a teacher using a single instructional methodology (most often in lecture format) in hopes that the majority of participants can recite back the material. This “mass education” approach is similar to delivering the information from a “sage on the stage,” knowing some will not understand. That’s just how it was. The Gen X’ers (33–47 years old) pushed against this model with preferences for more hands-on learning (Figure 1). This generation is identified as being independent, problem solvers, ambitious and self-starters. They also expect instant gratification and feedback. The youngest of the Millennials (or Gen Y) have also been labeled the Net Generation (aged 11–31). This label comes, in part, from immersion in the Internet and video gaming. In fact, by the age of 20, they will have spent 20,000 hours on the Internet and more than 10,000 hours playing video games (Tapscott, 2009). CONTINUED ON PAGE 36 Generational Collaboration Strategies 1. Accept that not only are there differences between students, there are differences between you and your students. 2. Conduct an informal survey of your class to determine their preferences for learning. 3. Examine the percentage of time you spend lecturing, doing group work or student-directed study as well as other methods. Does this match up with your class prefers? Is what you’re doing effective? How do you know? 4. Engage students in setting goals and expectations. 5. Interact with students to help them discover things for themselves. 6. Be creative, flexible and aware, and adapt as needed. Figure 1. Popular Learning Methods and Tools by Generation Veterans or Silent Generation (1924-45) Memorization Extensive Study Classroom Lecture Baby Boomers (1946-64) Workshops Course-Based Learning Books/Manuals Gen X (1965-79) PowerPoint Learning thru Play Hands-On Role Playing (games) Millennials or Gen Y (1980-2000) eLearning Gaming Mobile Web Blog Podcasts Learn More The online course ED117 – Teaching Gen Y Students is now available on the AACS Online Training Center at Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL to learn more about this course: BE AUT YLIN K | S URVIV A L | 20 1 2 | 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3

Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings Of Washington
Network, Innovate, Grow: AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2012
Attending a Convention: 10 Tips for Success
Superstar Graduates
A Teacher’s Safari: Managing the Zoo of Personalities
Sticking it Out: 10 Threats That Keep Students from Surviving and Thriving in the Real World
Step-by-Step NEW!
Data Disaster: Protecting Sensitive and Important Records
Mixing Generations in the Classroom: Can They Coexist?
Beauty Changes Lives
Every Vote Counts: Encouraging and Emphasizing the Importance of their Vote
Hip-Hop Haircuts: Curtis Smith Sets Trends
AACS Listserve Q & A
Now We’re Talking: An Education in Communication
Multicultural Corner
Health & Wellness for Educators: Tips for Being Healthy
A Student’s Perspective NEW!
And Then There’s Compliance
Remembering Two Beauty Legends
Beauty Before Boarding: Airport Salons Take Flight
Voices From the Classroom
CEA Annual Convention Photo Spread
Quiz Time: How Well Do You Know Your Association?
Associate Member Profiles: Makeup/Cosmetics
People & Places
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2012-2013 Events
Index to Advertisers

Beauty Link - Volume 4, Issue 3