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ERIC Number: EJ1080524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Millennial Perspectives and Priorities
Therrell, James A.; Dunneback, Staci K.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v15 n5 p49-63 Oct 2015
Through prioritizing student voice, this study investigated the perspectives of millennial students in relation to their preferences and priorities for how they desired to experience teaching and learning. While not experts, our assumption was that undergraduate students, because of their relatively long experience as students, would be closely in touch with how they preferred to learn. Employing a mixed method study, randomly selected students (n = 291 of a total N = 2,993) completed a brief online survey, and we followed with qualitative focus groups and individual interviews in order to confirm the quantitative data and deepen our understanding of the student perspective. Findings pointed toward particular student preferences and priorities for: teacher behaviors such as caring, passion, and enthusiasm, the communication of clear expectations, course alignment between course content taught and tests, a desire for more real-world examples and applications, and active learning opportunities, all of which, in turn, were generally linked by students to their improved attention, intensity of focus, and ability to engage both in the classroom and during homework.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preferences, Needs Assessment, Student Interests, Teaching Methods, Learning Strategies, Undergraduate Students, Mixed Methods Research, Online Surveys, Focus Groups, Interviews, Teacher Behavior, Caring, Motivation Techniques, Evaluation Methods, Active Learning, Curriculum Design, Generational Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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