The Millennial effect: Implications for academic development

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Research and Development in Higher Education Vol. 27: Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom Holistic Approaches to Teaching and Learning

July, 2004, 359 pages
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A new generation of students – the “Millennials”- are beginning their tertiary education. How will academic staff – the baby boomers and generation X deal with the characteristics and learning styles of the Millennials? How will teaching and learning practices be affected? What are the implications for academic development in our universities? This paper examines the unique characteristics, learning and communication preferences of Millennials. Some teaching and learning strategies are suggested and a holistic academic development approach is recommended. Seven factors contributing to a holistic academic development approach are outlined.

Keywords: Millennial students; holistic teaching and learning; academic development.