Inside best practice: Bridging the generation gap with creative education

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 8, 2009

For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the American workplace. Although no one learning style or preference is common to all members of a specific generation, there are some general characteristics that serve as guidelines for teaching strategies. Be careful, however, not to stereotype learners. These characteristics and strategies are general suggestions to be adapted to the needs of individual learners.

Research findings indicate that each generation has particular attitudes, expectations, values, work ethics, communication styles, and motivators. Examining each generation, its characteristics, and teaching strategies that might be most helpful to its members allows organizations to employ the most useful education and outreach strategies.

Source: This excerpt is from the December issue of HCPro's Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don't have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro's Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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