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ERIC Number: EJ1002222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Boomers and Millennials--Vive La Difference: How to Mesh Generational Styles in a Learning Community
Lovely, Suzette
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n5 p56-59 Oct 2012
Teacher beliefs have a profound impact on instructional practice. According to Pajares (1992), beliefs determine how much effort a teacher puts forth and how long he or she will persist in the face of adversity. Many beliefs can be traced back to experiences teachers had when they were in school. Those early recollections of school events tend to be idealized and can taint perceptions of later events. Reluctance to alter those beliefs is not only a result of age and career stage, but also a consequence of collective memories and nostalgia. A major challenge in learning community design is creating a culture of collaboration among teachers with different beliefs. How can learning communities made up of several generations become collaborative? The author suggests the following: (1) Forget the stereotypes; (2) Let others speak their minds; (3) Show respect; (4) Make professional development relevant; and (5) Do not overload novice teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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