Jeff Feiertag, Zane L. Berge, (2008) "Training Generation N: how educators should approach the Net Generation", Education + Training, Vol. 50 Iss: 6, pp.457 – 464
The authors of this article were focusing on the generational differences between the generations now and previous generations. The authors explain that they think that the graduates today are as technologically advanced as they should be. They believe the answer is “adult learning theory” and they would try to use this method to avoid using technology. Berge and Feiertag also state that this generation is so dependent on technology that without it, we would be lost. Generation N is narrowly focused on the United States, using these examples but goes to state that it is known around the world. This article basically summarizes the comparisons between the two generations and the prevalence of technology.
Learning in adulthood is essentially more difficult than learning as a child. As a child, you are able to adapt to changes rather well, although most of the time, choice is not really an option. Learning as an adult would be more difficult because it’s not something that the adult would be used to. The article talks about this digital era not being as hands on as the previous generations and that could fault some of us because we don’t necessarily check back into what is said to us. Learning in adulthood is more difficult because no one wants to admit to lacking the knowledge; the article state that as many other stereotypes the high expectation of technological knowledge could be misrepresented. The NY Times would agree that it would take longer for older generations to latch on to Generation N. This article argues that older people would most likely ask younger people to help them understand. This article also pointed out easier ways to adapt to this learning, therefore stating that adult learning is more difficult but different measures could be taken to make the transition easier.
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