ERIC Number: ED538402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Reference Count: 14
Working with Gen Y Teachers: Dealing with a Changing Teacher Workforce
Williamson, Ronald; Meyer-Looze, Catherine
Education Partnerships, Inc.
A significant change is coming to American classrooms. As Baby Boomer teachers retire and are replaced by members of Generation Y (born between 1977 and 1995) there is growing evidence that they come from a far different set of experiences, experiences that will shape their lives and their careers (Coggins, 2008). Members of Gen Y share several characteristics. They tend to be highly educated and concerned with the quality of education. As a result they value education and "attribute their success to their educational opportunities". They are also very comfortable using technology and avoid disconnected or technologically inferior workplaces. "They were the first generation to grow up in a society saturated with electronic technology." They tend to be creative, innovative and very self-confident and enjoy working in small groups. Significantly, they are committed to making a difference and contributing to positive social change. Just as the Baby Boomers changed American society so will Gen Y. It is crucial that school leaders acknowledge their powerful motivation, recognize their unique learning and working style, and find meaningful ways to engage and involve them in school leadership. Gen Y teachers hold tremendous potential for making a difference in the lives of American students.
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, Instructional Leadership, Generational Differences, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Styles, Teaching Methods, Goal Orientation, Teacher Participation, Participative Decision Making, School Culture, Teacher Placement, Faculty Development, Time Management, Data Analysis, Research Utilization
Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)