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Cebu Normal University

Osmena Blvd., Cebu City

College of Teacher Education

Graduate Studies

Millennial Learners: Suicidal Issues

Submitted By:

April Joy K. Labiste

Date:

May 20,2018
INTRODUCTION

Case Statement

Learners nowadays are exposed to different issues in our society. Encountering

problems may be normal to some, but there are really learners who struggle to manage

problem. Problems from home, school, society and even relationship may result to stress.

Having these together may result to depression. Nowadays, there were reports on which

millennial have higher rates on depression.

Some of the characteristic a millennial learner possess are (1) They have a shorter

attention span.(2) They prefer interactive, experiential and collaborative learning.(3) They

are very comfortable with technology.(4) They multitask (5) They are driven by instant

gratification.(6) They like informal and stimulating environments.(7) They prefer casual

and friendly relationships with teachers.(8) They are often well-rounded. Knowing these

different characteristics, millennial learners are far different from the other generations,

especially on the different things they are exposed to and what are there happiness. It can

clearly explain that millennial learners can be satisfied easily and instantly. They have lived

in a world with many instant.

Statement of purpose

The purpose of this paper aims to determine on which factor does the millennial

learner are most affected to, and to how they manage the problems they encounter. It also

targets how the millennial learner manage his/her emotional behavior towards the

different situations they are in.

It also aims to discuss on how the millennial learners become an inspiration towards a

classmate who is struggling. This paper shows on what are the different strategies to have

a positive result.
Theoretical Conceptual Framework

School

Society
Family

Millennial

(Emotional Management)

Success

a. Input

Behaviorism and cognitivism are the theories that may help support and explain how

millennial perceive. Behaviorism, the main idea in this theory is stimulus-response. All

behavior is caused by external stimuli and either positive or negative re-enforcement.

Learning is defined as behavior change in the learner and the learner is viewed as passive,

responding to motivations. A learner who is faced in a situation has given choices on how

are they going to manage the situation they are in.

Cognitivism, the main idea here is that mental function can be understood. This theory

focuses on inner mental activities, compared in part to a computer. Information comes in, is

processed, and leads to certain outcomes. In fact, the learner is viewed as an information

processor. Given the intelligence the learner has to evaluate on how they process each

information and converting it to a positive one.


a. Throughput

Reports nowadays are about of suicides that is caused by depression. Most of the

victims of the said reports are students. Factors such as the school, family/home and

society are emphasize to which they are the direct proponent to the student. Millennial

learners are exposed to gadgets that can be also a factor in poor management of

emotion. Gadgets limits the learners to socialize with their peers. Given the fact that

modern technologies has brought and fed them with new ideas but it limits the learner

to explore more the world.

The School

Stress is a major issue for students as they cope with academic, social, and

personal challenges (Hudd et al., 2000). Students are expected to carry a more difficult

workload at a faster pace while adjusting to a new environment with little or no

supervision (Missouri AHEAD, 2007). The inability to cope with stress has been shown

to have negatively impact health behaviors in college students, including alcohol

abuse, smoking, and eating disorders (Oliver, Reed & Smith, 1998; Pritchard, Wilson,

& Yamnitz, 2007; Economo, Hildebrandt, & Hyatt, 2008). Several studies have also

shown a decrease in the mental health status of college students due to stress, which

contribute to increase in rates of depression (Yorgason, Lonville, & Zitzman, 2008;

Dyson & Renk, 2006; Benton et al., 2002) and lower self-esteem (Hudd et al., 2000).

The Millennials face a great deal of stress regarding their education. According to

Howe and Strauss (2000), the Millennials are the first generation since 1945 to face a

more stringent set of academic standards than the generation before it. Students know

they have to succeed in high school if they want to get into college or university, a fact

that is often reinforced by parents, the media, and the school system. Going to college

is no longer reserved for the elite, it is the norm.

Home/Family

Students at either level experience stress from parental pressures. Parents want

their children to succeed in school. They want to see good grades, but they also want

to see success in life’s other areas. In their attempts to guide their children, parents

can become one of the major causes of stress on students.


Society

Society may affect the millennial learners positive or negatively. It is on the

hand of the learner how they perceive society a challenge for them to do better.

These factors are the direct proponent of our learners. These may either help or

a hindrance to the learners success.

b. Output

School

Millennial Learners are given the freedom to choose their own on how to carry

the given workloads. Teachers’ guidance and presence is essential in the learners’

shortcomings, a word of advice and encouragement is needed.

Home/Family

Parents must know the strength and weaknesses of their child. Parents must be

aware on how far their children can go and do. Parents should also show

encouragement and a supporter to their children.

Society

Millennial learners must be group with peer who have a positive outlook in life.

Methodology

The research brings forth five learners as the respondents. A qualitative method was

used to gather data for the research. Through a questionnaire, the learners shared their

stories and experiences on how they manage and cope up with the different problems they

encounter. Their accounts and responses would support the success of this research. The

coding process aimed at identifying patterns, similarities and dissimilarities between the

five learner respondents. The main goal is to bring forward thoughts and experiences on

change.

Results and Discussion

The analysis of the five responses solicited from the learners shows that there are

two factors on which they are most affected to it is the school (this includes the workloads,

school system, relationship between the classmates/schoolmates/teachers) and family

(most of them are concern on the relationship between the family members).
On the other hand, having a positive outlook in life, faith and trust in God, giving

importance to life, able to communicate the problems with friends and family, and doing the

best he/she can are some of the common strategies our respondents have shared to conquer

and overcome their problems.

As to how they can become an instrument to inspire the millennial generations they

have commonly give the importance of life and to justify our existence in the world.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To eliminate and lessen the issues in suicides there are ways to establish a positive

outcome. Building a good relationship towards the member of the school, family and society

will help a lot in students’ success. Learners also must be given a chance to be exposed in

seminars like emotional management. Positive feedback and appraisal from every deed they

have done correctly can help them motivated and positive. Constant communication

between parent and teacher regarding the status of the learner is also recognized for the

benefit of the child. Integrating realistic situation in the lesson is also important for the

child’s preparation as they grow up.

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