A primary purpose of professors' roles is to prepare students for transitioning from the university setting to the working world. The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. This is a diverse world where leaders are needed to address thinkers, problem-solvers, ethical, motivational, risk-takers energy, health care and environmental issues. Leaders must be visionary and have high expectations. Thus, professors are not only disseminators of facts, but they also guide future leaders through processes of constructing and applying knowledge. Some of the various charcteristics of Generation Y students include: technological savviness, short attention spans, media-driven, visually stimulated, impatient and tolerant of diversity. Due to an emphasis on rudimentary learning combined with the pressure of high scores on standardized tests, students have not been challenged to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Therefore, professors, must address these learner needs by implementing student-centered methodologies that are relevant and experiential, as opposed to teacher-directed and lecture formats.
|Keywords:||Leaders, Generation Y, Effective Teaching|
Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO, USA
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