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Education paradigm shifted for teaching between boomers and Generation X

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Academia has seen significant shifts over the years. As the population of America grew, one-room school houses turned into larger single building schools followed by a three tier grade arrangement of school buildings. Throughout these changes the educational process remained relatively the same. That is until recently.

The most significant of these changes is the move from rows of desks to “learning stations” in which elementary students learn and “cluster” arrangements. Coupled with social nuances, this has resulted in a major paradigm shift towards education between baby boomers and Generation X.

The reason this is important is that Generation X is expecting to be managed the way they learn.

One of the most significant differences is the status of the instructor and of the student. The members of the builder / traditionalist and boomer generations students were passive vessel that needed to be filled by the faculties knowledge. However the younger generations see students as an active participant in constructing, discovering, and transferring knowledge.

For example, we comes the use of technology baby boomers would rather practice the technology with the use of help screens or a textbook while the younger workers prefer their own problem solving, communication with peers and other users and collaboration.

To learn more about the paradigm shift in education and employee training, click here.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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