Generation X and Y Students in Graduate School: Practical Strategies for Teaching the "MTV/Google" Generations
Most current graduate students are drawn from Generation X and Y; most professors either are not members of these generations or are using classroom materials and strategies that were not developed with Generation X and Y students in mind. Gen X/Y students have a unique and unprecedented relationship to technology. They are also adult learners whose primary education unfolded in the "post Sputnik" world. In this presentation, I first synthesize and describe the general learning styles and attitudes these students share as a result of the confluence of these events and experiences. I then explain general classroom strategies that take advantage of these learning styles to create a positive and productive educational environment. Finally, I illustrate the implementation of some of these strategies with specific suggestions and material that has been used or studied in the context of law school studies.
Keywords: Generation X, Generation Y, Learning Styles, Teaching Strategies
Prof. Joan Catherine Bohl
Professor, Faculty, Stetson University College of Law