Drawing on a broad range of literature and popular culture, this paper will initially consider notions of generational distinction from an historical perspective, before considering more contemporary notions of generational distinction. The paper will outline a range of current understandings of generational distinction, and highlight a selection of literature from within the field. In this paper, the author 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 organizational and classroom level. In this paper, 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, Health and Education, School of Science and Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
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