THE GENERATIONS: BABY BOOMERS, GENERATION X, GENERATION Y/MILLENNIALS, GENERATION Z/ IGENERATION

The Generations
Generation Baby Boomers Year 1946 to 1964 Other Names

Generation X

(1961-1964) 1965 to 1981 1961-1984
1980-1999 1981-2000 1982-2001 1990 to Present

Gen-X, “baby bust” (“latchkey kids,” “videogeneration”)
Gen-Y, Millennial Generation, Baby Boom Echo, Echo Boomers iGeneration , the Net Generation, or the Internet Generation, Pluralist Generation

Generation Y

Generation Z

Motown US (Woodstock. women. Martin Luther King Music: Rock and Roll. Wade. walk on the moon New technology: transistor radios. Beatle mania. Vietnam War). Roe vs.The Baby Boomer Experience        Sputnik. Malcolm X. environment Assassinations: JFK. space race Sexual freedom. drug experimentation Movements: civil rights. Robert Kennedy. Canada (Trudeau) . India (independence). television.

Baby Boomer Characteristic Tendencies     Experimental Individualism Free spirited Social cause oriented .

The Generation X (1961-1984) Generation X is consistently characterized by being the first American generation to grow up as „latchkey kids‟ having a set of parents working outside of the home. Generation X grew up with:  cold war  a high divorce rate  MTV  the first wave of computers and modern technology  socially acceptable and media-driven casual sex. .

The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred. The U. The Exxon Valdez caused an oil spill. . The first computer disk was sold. The Challenger space shuttle exploded. stock market crashed.S.Experiences of Generation X       The Chinese government killed protesters in Tiananmen Square.

an era of constant activity. variety in work duties. X-ers are also innovative thinkers who crave variety of projects in their positions and they like different experiences. they understand the importance of being available to their families. change and ever developing global marketplace.Generation X in the workplace Gen X requires flexible schedules.. . the ability to grow skill sets and recognition. After growing up with absent parents. It has come of age in the information age. democratic leadership.

digital video and music.Experiences of Generation Y “Y2Curious: America's Generation Y has grown up around various phenomena including the Internet with online chatting. Wikipedia.” . YouTube and its numerous informational resources. Tickle Me Elmos. continued abuse of underage drinking and iPods.

Tendencies of Generation Y        They are generally more financially savvy: saving for retirement. They are more interested in preserving their quality of life. . Dress more casually Members of Generation Y are characterized as being more racially and culturally tolerant than past generations. Gay rights and non-traditional gender roles have also become more widely accepted. even if it means staying at the same position in the labor hierarchy. Are less likely to be obsessed with work. and retirement benefits are very important Employee and employer loyalty have disappeared.

 Environment  Global warning  Pollution .European Millennials in the Workplace Characteristics  Mobile  Multilingual professionals  Work and play in Europe without borders Young Europeans for the most part are most concerned with.

European Millennials in the Workplace What do they want out of their work?  Money is not the most important thing. .  Maintaining balance  Cultivate personal relationships  Leisure  They want to make a difference and feel they can.  They‟re not afraid to leave a job if it‟s not what they want.

some older Gen-Xers (40+) . professors are still mostly Baby Boomers (50+).Changes to Post-Secondary Education      Higher enrollment More students attend college part-time than in previous years More women are attending More students are over the age of twenty-five Several „generations‟ in one class at a time.

thirty-five hours or more. while going to school Are financially independent (Financial aid definition) Have dependents Are single parents Are „mature students‟. who have no high school .The „new‟ Student Population        Delayed enrollment (did not enter postsecondary education in the student graduated from high school) Part-time attendance Work full-time.

Tendencies of Millennials        “gravitate toward group activity identify with their parents' values and feel close to their parents spend more time doing homework and housework and less time watching TV believe "it's cool to be smart" are fascinated by new technologies are racially and ethnically diverse often (one in five) have at least one immigrant parent.” .

Reality is no longer real. Staying connected is essential.Attitudes of Millennials          Computers aren't technology Typing is preferred to handwriting. Learning more closely resembles games than logic. (Perspectives) Doing is more important than knowing. . Consumer and creator are blurring. There is zero tolerance for delays. Multitasking is a way of life.

.Millennial Generation Learning Preference Tendencies      Teamwork Experiential activities Structure Use of technology (students believe they are more tech savvy than their teachers or professors) Strengths: multitasking. positive attitudes„ and a collaborative style. goal orientation.

Implications for Educators and School Cultures     Schools. their preferences and learning styles. Administrators and educators must adapt their facility. colleges and universities are providing a various options to meet students' expectations for service. . and preferences in communication. curriculum. There is no one „correct‟ formula‟. immediacy. classes. taking into consideration the tendencies of certain generations. learning styles. etc. Students often range in ages/generations. to meet the needs of such a varied range of students. interactivity.

the Net Generation. as distinct from the preceding "Generation Y" (also referred to as "Millennials"). from the early years of the 1990s decade through to the present.Generation Z – early 1990s or early 2000s upto present day  also known as iGeneration . Generation Z is also known as the Pluralist Generation. or the Internet Generation) is a common name for the group of people born from a currently undefined point in the last decade of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. .

technology has also contributed to this generation's lack of interest in playing outdoors. Unfortunately." comfortable with e-mail. They are true "digital natives.Generation Z characterstics Tech Savvy  Members of Generation Z have never known life without personal computers. gaming systems. MP3 players and the Internet. They are also able to grasp and master advances in technology more quickly than previous generations. . resulting in a sedentary lifestyle that may lead to obesity. texting and computer applications. mobile phones.

When they get to be working age. .Generation Z characterstics Social  Social networking sites and instant messaging were common as Generation Z grew up. they will change the workplace dramatically in terms of style and expectations. members of Generation Z is very collaborative and creative. instant messages and e-mail make communication immediate. As a result. so they have little concern for privacy and no problem sharing even the most intimate details of their lives with virtual strangers. Cell phones.

it stands to reason they are also born multitaskers. complex information. each task gets divided attention. a talent that stuns adults. and the generation is losing the ability to focus and analyze more lengthy." Barcelon says. watch. With this preference toward multitasking comes a dark side. read. .Generation Z characterstics Multitasking  Generation Z is so comfortable with technology. talk and eat all at the same time." While they are able to complete many tasks at once. which mental health experts are calling "acquired attention deficit disorder. "We can text.

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