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ERIC Number: EJ872328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Interaction among Undergraduate Students: Does Age Matter?
Gregoryk, Kerry; Eighmy, Myron
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1125-1136 Dec 2009
This mixed method study described the interaction preferences among generational groups of undergraduate students and how these preferences factor into classroom interaction. The study utilized a two-phase process, starting with qualitative data gathered from focus groups. A published instrument was used to qualify participants for one of four focus groups, one for each generational group included in the study (Builders, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials). Resulting themes and findings were used to develop a quantitative survey instrument that was administered to undergraduate students at three Midwest universities in the second phase of the study. It was found that age alone is not a good indicator of generational group membership. Individual student values must be considered when considering classroom interaction in higher education. The resulting information can be useful to faculty and administration at undergraduate universities to create learning environments that address preferences among students by generational group. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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