In this article ” Welcoming a New Generation to College: The Millennial Students”. These authors, Elam, Stratton, and Gibson further discuss that, currently the US population is comprised of five generations; the most recent is the millennial generation and are the majority of college students at this time. Parented by the baby boomers, they have been accustomed to parents being very close and concerned with their well-being. Since the generation has been desensitized by media and technology, they are more receptive to it than previous generations.
They are also considered hard working and team oriented, due to the development of social media as a norm in the millennia generation. Dr. Carol Elam, Dr. Terry Stratton and Dr. Denise B. Gibson, further explains how with the uses of interviews, focus groups, and other types of tests, social demographers have identified positive and negative qualities that come from today millennial students. Positive qualities includes: hardworking, engaged in numerous academics, also able to organize and mobilize easily, and able to master the ability to multitask.
Negative qualities of millennial student include: being over reliant on communication technology, which may cause problem with student’s interpersonal skill. According to the authors, millennial students were influenced by a unique set of culture. Such as working hard, and having parents that have been supportive and wants the best for them in future. Even with these positive qualities, millennial students also give difficulties to their teachers, counselors and the administrators at high school and college level.
An additional influence on the Millennial is parental involvement. Parents of this generation pay very close attention to their children’s academic progress and extracurricular activities. Elam, et al. premise that Millennial pose unique challenges and understanding their characteristics is preparation for educators as these influences can pose positive and negative challenges in an academic environment. According to the article, experiences that occur during this timeframe have a strong influence on the individual’s beliefs and behaviors.
Elam, Straton, Gibson, 2007) For example, the rapid growth of technology has simplified day-to-day processes. Millennial students are able to access information and complete task with a touch of a button. For this reason, the millennial student is able to multitask. On the other hand, technology has prevented millennial students from developing quality interpersonal skills and the ability to concentrate. In most cases, students are not regularly interacting with the others. The students will use email, twitter, Facebook and/or texting to communicate.
In most cases, the parents of millennial students are often extremely participatory in their children’s lives taking on the responsibility to interact with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. The hands-on approach may stifle the student’s initiative. Between technological gadgets and parental intervention, many millennial students may lack self-directed thinking. The article further discusses how Millennial Students are structural and become accustomed working from schedules, being team-oriented, socially networked, and able to organize and mobilize in an environment where everything is ran by technology.
Due to the use of technology, students will be lacking communication and interpersonal skills causing, lack of their collective attention span. Millennial student lack the necessary skills to demonstrate introspection and self-reflection which explicates the problems that may be causing them not to fully utilize their role learning skills without relying heavily on technology. The authors identify specific historical events that helped define the Millennial and make note of the parental connection these events created.
The authors detail the Millennia’s beneficial characteristics such as an ability to work on multiple projects both on their own and in groups, but counter these with under developed social skills and an inability to focus. The article goes into detail pertaining both good and not so good qualities about Millennium generation college students. Millennium college students are great with multi-tasking, thanks to new modern technology, but on the other hand they lack social skills, thanks to new communication technology that requires no face to face communication.
Parented by the baby boomers they have been accustomed to parents being very close and concerned with their well-being. In addition to lagging in social and interpersonal skills, the parents of Millennium college students are over actively in their academic careers, which cause even more hindrances for these college students. Since the generation has been desensitized by media and technology they are more receptive to it than previous generations.
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Millennial Students. (2016, Sep 29). Retrieved from https://graduateway.com/millennial-students/