The Five R’s of Engaging Millennial Students

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/the-five-rs-of-engaging-millennial-students/ Bart, M., 2011

I find it a bit ironic that Bart writes “and while it’s important we don’t stereotype an entire generation of individuals” and then goes on to fall into the same trap as many other analysts, by attempt to first define the age range for this group and then list the “instructional implications” of the characteristics assigned to Millennials as a group.

It seems to me that most of the advice dispensed here would apply to any leareners, not just to “Millenials”.

For example, point one is “Research-based methods: … Millennials prefer a mix of active learning methods”.

My counter to this is: Who wouldn’t prefer a mix of active learning methods over boring old traditional lectures?

Other points such as relevance, can be answered similarly: Who doesn’t want to be presented with relevant material? Who doesn’t want to learn in a relaxed atmosphere? Who s doesn’t want rapport with their professors?

The point in the Rational section about Boomers “readily accept[ing] the chain of command” seems silly to me. How does this explain the social upheavals of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s very well, and my own chafing at authority over my Boomer lifetime?

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