Generational Differences in Learning

Seminarians today may be Millenials, Boomers, Gen Xers, and even from the Silent generation. Why worry with these categories? Institutions of higher learning recognize that generational differences in their students impact learning styles. Baker College recently published an excellent document for faculty titled Generations at BakerThis resource provides helpful generational definitions and offers suggestions on effective teaching strategies for each.

Much of the current literature defines an adult learner as someone over the age of twenty-five, but does not differentiate between varying generations. Traditional learners will beconsidered those learners in the Millennial generation or those who are eighteen to twenty-three years old. For our purposes, the classification of an adult includes members of Generation X, the Boomer and the Silent generation, making your job as supervisor-mentor more difficult with each generation of learners. Why is that? It is because life experiences shape the way people expect to learn.

Additional Resources

Article on Millennials  This article by Joanna Chau is titled Millennials Are More ‘Generation Me’ Than ‘Generation We,’ Study Finds.

Who are the Millenials?  This is a brief video that captures the essence of “Millennials.”