ERIC Number: EJ798989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Millennials in College: How Do We Motivate Them?
McGlynn, Angela Provitera
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n6 p19-22 Feb 2008
In academia, there is much discussion about "millennial" students--those born between 1982 and 2002. Although there is a mix of students in college classes, particularly at community colleges, the influx of millennials is notable in terms of their sheer numbers. This year will see the largest high school graduation class ever--even bigger than the baby boomer high school graduates of the 1960s. There are many who think millennial students are not simply incrementally different from generation that preceded them but are qualitatively different. Many educators feel frustrated that millennials are especially difficult to reach and to motivate. In this article, the author emphasizes that before teachers can begin to motivate millennial students to take their studies seriously and to persist through their college programs to earn a degree, teachers must engage them actively in the learning process. Student-engagement data from the National Survey of Student Engagement for four-year institutions and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement for the community college sector, makes it clear that student engagement is the key to academic motivation, persistence, and degree completion. Here, the author discusses how to get students' attention and get them actively engaged with the course material and with their peers. He suggests that reaching these millennial students in order to engage, motivate, and inspire them needs to be addressed so that there can be an intersection between how they learn and how educators teach.
Descriptors: High School Graduates, College Programs, Teaching Methods, Learning Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Learning Processes, Student Participation, National Surveys, College Outcomes Assessment, Age Groups, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement