The X, Y and Z of Generations in Schools
Drawing on a broad range of literature and popular culture, this presentation will initially consider notions of generational distinction from an historical perspective, before considering more contemporary notions of generational distinction. The presentation will outline a range of current understandings of generational distinction, and highlight a selection of literature from within the field. In this presentation, the presenter will propose that whilst it appears axiomatic that teachers and students will exhibit distinctive generational traits, it may prove beneficial for teachers to look a little closer at what generational differences can mean in the context of contemporary schools, and the ramifications those differences may have at an organisational and classroom level. In this presentation, rather than suggesting a deficit view of the younger generation, the focus will be on highlighting the differences in perspectives from which successive generations view the world and world events, and the potential for these differences in perspective to enhance the teaching and learning experience for students and teachers in the classroom.
Keywords: Education, Generation, Change
Lecturer in Education, Faculty of Science
The main focus of Mr. Young's PhD research is in the area of Preservice Teaching. The title of his PhD research project is “Preservice teacher's perspectives of the roles of secondary school teachers in Queensland: An Interpretivist Study”.
Mr. Young’s other research interests include the social and educational implications of ICT integration within learning and teaching. Mr. Young’s teaching practice includes the development of innovative ways to promote learning engagement through the use of technology.
Within the Faculty of Science, Health and Education, Mr. Young holds positions on the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee and the Education and TPP Review working group. He is the Faculty of Science, Health and Education representative on the University E-Learning Reference Group.