The Why Behind Millennials Learning Through Hands-on Projects
The millennial generation refers the newest group of people to enter the global workforce. People who were born between 1982 and 2000 belong to this generation. While some educators still cling to the traditional formal and intermittent talent management practices, millennials who are the majority in our society do not benefit from these practices. Millennials chose to learn through hands-on projects. According to a research study by psychologists at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, several unique characteristics define this generation and influence their mode of learning. Here are some of these characteristics for your consideration.
Feel Being Unique
Millennials consider themselves to be very special. One major factor that creates this feeling in them is the extraordinarily close relationship they have with their parents. This generation believes their parents as their primary role models. Being able to participate in extracurricular activities and received awards also enhance this feeling. These rewards make them believe that everyone who participates in these activities is a winner. As a result, they prefer to learn through practice so as to remain in the winning team always.
The government and different youth safety movements take care of the needs of millennials. As these individuals grow, they learn that they have certain rights and the society is governed by certain rules and regulations that must be enforced. Their parents also have some control over their lifestyle, so little freedom characterizes their childhood. This lack of adequate freedom has decreased many opportunities for independent creativity, which in turn prompts millennials to develop a deep-seated interest in exploring their real world, and, therefore, they tend to avoid theory lessons.
Millennials are less comfortable working independently as this exposes them to a higher risk of personal failures. They want to share risks. Because of this, they want their teachers to allow them to work on projects as a team.
Highly Optimistic and Confident
The millennial generation has big dreams and a strong desire to excel but lacks a clear path on how they can reach the goals they are so confident they will achieve. This confidence appears to originate from easy access to basic needs and easy attainment of good grades in high school. Some of these students also do not put a lot of effort in their education but get easily frustrated when they fail to achieve the best grades in their college courses.
Another factor that enhances the confidence of millennials is their extraordinary ability to multitask with several forms of technology. They have information at their disposal through various forms of telecommunication such as the Internet, instant messaging, and text messaging. This instant access to information creates an urge in them to want immediacy in response. If they fail to get what they want within the shortest time possible, they turn to hands-on learning approach.
Feel Being Pressured to Perform
These individuals always feel under pressure to perform so as to please those who are there to judge them. Because they are pressured, millennials yearn for feedback. If they fail to get feedback in time, they get paralyzed and lose direction. They, however, hate remaining in a status of confusion and lack of directions. These students are prepared to do anything within their means to overcome the effects of confusion and loss of direction.
Want to be Great Achievers
Since millennials have been made to believe they are special, they work hard to prove their uniqueness to their friends and senior. Some authors have provided that these individuals are set to do incredibly great things. Their teachers have to deal with this inner desire to be unique. When their teachers use traditional methods to solve problems, they get offended and want to be allowed to invent new approaches.
Millennials respect cultural differences, and many of them are peacemakers. This is not the case with the generation that came ahead of them, which is widely considered rebels.
Because of these unique characteristics, millennials enter college with exceptional expectations. Teachers of these students need to explore ways of adapting the classroom to meet all their education needs. These teachers should reevaluate how they teach millennials and consider putting greater emphasis on student engagement to help them achieve their dreams.