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Article: Close to the Edge

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 24 Jun 2013 1:57pm () Replies (4)

Hi everyone

I thought some of you might be interested in this article about the latest generation - Generation Edge.

Generation Edge follows on from the generation dubbed theMillennials(those born between 1981-1994).

I think the article is worth a read, even though it is focused towards research and researchers. It outlines aspects of this generation which teachers could find useful.

The article can be found here: http://www.research-live.com/comment/close-to-the-edge/4009930.article




  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 1:28pm ()

    Thanks for sharing this, Nathaniel. While I'm sure we are all a little wary of generalising too much around any group of students, what's interesting here is the way in which our environments are changing as they are and the way prior knowledge that our students bring in may not be what we are familiar with.  Articles like this are useful reminders to test our assumptions about young people, talk with them, get to know them, and weave what we learn into what happens in school. Cheers!

  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 3:13pm ()

    I totally agree, Karen. I don't like generalising about students, and in many ways we can't. The "Digital Natives" idea is a prime example as I know many children/teenagers that I work with are not experienced/natural technology users. I think these sorts of articles do make us think about what we're doing and consider how our students will react to what we are expecting of them, and what they're expecting from us.

    With the huge overlaps in generations these days and they way children are raised, I think it is almost impossible to put people born in certain years into groups.

    Just thinking again about generalising, and I wonder how much shift in pedagogy (especially in relation to e-learning) is due to the generalisations we make?

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 28 Jun 2013 9:55am ()

    Thanks for sharing this Nathaniel. Good point Karen, while I’m not into generalisations either, it does make us think about what influences and shapes generations of people and those influences can’t be ignored. Just like the landing on the moon gave a whole generation a sense of, achievement/can-do attitude/hope.


    "We are all products of our environment and technology is an increasingly important part of that environment. Few generalizations are entirely correct. However, generalizations such as those about generations highlight trends.”

    Having said this, the article goes on to generalise influences, based on age. I must admit, as a latch-key kid, I relate to some of the generalisations in the diagram. When I worked with teachers, I’d share this article, so we could discuss possible paradigm shifts needed – in regards to the changing nature of our students.

    I think its important to realise,

    Our young people are different now-a-days. This is not new, we have already heard this from the generations before us. But now, we have technology and it means a whole new way of thinking, acting, behaving, socialising, learning, playing and growing up online. But what does this mean? How do our generations see the world differently, because of technological influences?  (ICT PD Digital citizenship at home wiki)

    The Generation Edge article talks about the implications for research methodologies such as market research…I’m wondering what these implications mean for teachers - as they strive to engage and inspire this generation of learners?



    You might be interested in:

    Understanding Digital Children (DKs) – Teaching and Learning in the new Digital Landscape Ian Jukes and Anita Dosaj


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