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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 9, 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 Generation Y nurses, who were born between 1981 and 2001.

Preferred learning environment: Generation Y enjoys interacting with other learners. They expect blended learning because they expect education to be convenient and flexible.

Teaching strategies for Generation Y: Provide structure and fun as part of learning; incorporate blended learning since Generation Y enjoys interaction but expects distance learning too. Use mentor programs, which are highly valued. Incorporate music and games in learning activities. Identify reading resources as they like to read.

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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