Evidence-based expert: Learn Baby Boomers educational style

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 13, 2009

This week, Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN, shares educational tips for Baby Boomers.

Q: Can you please provide ways to educate Baby Boomers since their learning styles can be different from Generation X and Y?

A: Baby Boomers value both teamwork and personal gratification in the workplace. And they are motivated to learn if newly acquired knowledge and skills will help them excel on the job and gain recognition. Consider these tips when planning education for Baby Boomers:

  • Correlate the educational activities with improved job performance
  • Incorporate interactive educational activities such as icebreakers and discussions
  • Avoid role-playing activities; most boomers do not like them
  • Use learning activities that provide personal challenges and allow Baby Boomers to use life experiences as part of education
  • Make information easily and readily accessible. Remember, this was the first generation to use the Internet

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