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The Generations – Again

The most recent C&RL News, July/August 2009 has a great annotated summary of useful resources for understanding generational differences. You can read the whole work here, but I provide the link list for my own purposes in this post:
Talkin’ ‘bout my generation: Exploring age-related resources
by Sidney Lowe and Susie Skarl—The Baby Boomer Generation blog
Center for Generational Studies
Information Seeking Behavior and the Generations
The Gen-X Files
The Silent Generation
A Vision of Students Today
Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the Higher Education Researcher Institute at UCLA (CRIP): The Freshman Survey
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)—Learners
The Millennial Learner: Challenges and Opportunities, Saundra Y. McGuire, Louisiana State University
Age and Generations: Understanding Experiences at the Workplace, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Christina Matz-Costa, and Elyssa Besen
Decoding Generational Differences: Fact, Fiction . . . or Should We Just Get Back to Work? by W. Stanton Smith
Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees, by Greg Hammill
What It’s Like to Work with Me: Generational Diversity in Office and Team Environments, National Institutes of Health Work/Life Center
Generations Online in 2009, Pew Internet and American Life Project
A Boomer’s Guide to Communicating with Gen X and Gen Y
Communication Key to Cross-Generational Relationships
Tips to Improve Interaction Among the Generations: Traditionalists, Boomers, X’ers and Nexters
• Today’s Generations Face New Communication Gaps—, Denise Kersten

Understanding and Appreciating the Communication Styles of the Millennial Generation, Jenna Reith
Yes, I know I am fixated on this topic. I should do a dissertation.

Posted on: August 5, 2009, 3:01 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I am curious to learn how you plan to leverage generational differences to create improved educational opportunities.

  2. Stephen Abram said

    We do a great deal of research in this area.
    1. Our K-12 research has resulted in SchoolRooms which is aligned with learning style differences in that demographic and is resulting in improved learning in Ohio and other states.
    2. I have recently submitted a manuscript for part of a book on the 55 plus library user and learner. It is expected to be published in Dec.
    3. We are testing our Enterprise search and display interface with a variety of age related demographic niches to ensure that learning is paramount.
    Etc. etc. etc.