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VN Williams, J Medina, A Medina and S Clifton
Abstract
Assigning attributes to a birth cohort is one way we identify society-wide, shared life experiences within a group collectively called a “generation.” Such assigned attributes influence society’s adoption of generation-based expectations held by and about people from a particular birth cohort. Census data and generational attributes inform perspectives on millennial generation birth cohort experiences and engagement as students. The eldest living generation in U.S. society has given way to 3 subsequent generations, the youngest of which is called the millennial generation. What generational attributes influence the effectiveness of teaching and learning between millennial learners and faculty members from other generations? Understanding the role of life cycle effects, period effects and cohort effects can offer medical and health professions educators' insights into different strategies for learner engagement. Discussion includes specific strategies and teaching tactics faculty members can use to engage millennials across a continuum of learning to bridge the “expectation gap.”
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Keith Jarrett, Knowledge, Generation, Strauss and Howe, Generation X, Generation Z, Education, Generation Y
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