IT6230 - Generation Unit Summary

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IT6230 - Generation Unit Summary

  1. 1. Generation Unit Conclusion
  2. 2. Net Generation • Children of baby boomers • Digital technology has had a profound impact on their personalities, including their attitudes and approach to learning • Based on web-based surveys circulated on social networking websites Tapscott, D. (1997). Growing up digital: The rise of the net generation. New York: McGraw Hill.
  3. 3. Millennials • “…today's teens are recasting the image of youth from downbeat and alienated to upbeat and engaged.” • Based upon survey research with a sample from Fairfax, VA Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising: The next great generation. New York: Vintage Books.
  4. 4. Digital Natives • Belief that children today are natives with the digital technology because they grew up surrounded by it • Common in the media • No systematic research • Makes unfounded assumptions about access to digital technology Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5). Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
  5. 5. Generation Me • “Today's young people have been raised to aim for the stars at a time when it is more difficult than ever to get into college, find a good job, and afford a house. Their expectations are very high just as the world is becoming more competitive, so there's a huge clash between their expectations and reality.” • Based on data systematically collected from the 1960s to the present Twenge, J. M. (2000). Generation me: Why today’s young Americans are more confident, assertive, entitled – and more miserable than ever before. New York: Free Press.
  6. 6. Generation Edge • Not sure yet! – Only half-way through generation – Readings provide a glimpse of similarities and differences between this generation and previous generations.

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