From the staff development bookshelf: Recognizing generational differences in learning styles

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 26, 2011

Generational differences affect the learning process, which makes it essential for educators to understand learners when developing teaching material. Here's an overview of the preferred learning environments and teaching strategies for Baby Boomer nurses, who were born between 1946 and 1964.

Preferred learning environment: Baby Boomers enjoy being treated as partners in the learning process. They are lifelong learners and dedicated to self- improvement. They are motivated to acquire knowledge and skills that help attain job promotions and salary increases.

Teaching strategies for Baby Boomers: Use ice breakers, discussions, and team learning activities. Avoid role-playing activities as most boomers dislike them. Encourage incorporation of life experiences as part of learning activities.

Source: Book excerpt adapted from Learning Styles in Nursing Education: Integrating Teaching Strategies into Staff Development by Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN.

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