Walk into a school, shopping mall, and airport or else in a church the image is always the same teens and tweens have their heads down, ear buds on and a mobile device in their hand. This type of generation is usually referred to as Generation Z and they are coming of age with a new set of rules, expectations and mannerisms. Born between 1995 and 2009, the oldest of this generation is coming of age this year and headed off towards adulthood. Is they can expect of their future work experiences? Is employers will expect of them? Is teacher can continue to do? Is teachers can do to better prepare them?
Is Generation Z be trained Differently?
The question comes in our minds: how this generation learns and what the future workforce will hold for them. What to Expect from Generation Z teens
Statistics about what this generation like:
• Share knowledge online, a sign of collaborative skills
• Contribute to websites because they like learning about new things
• Feel that online experiences help them reach goals
• Say that technology makes them feel like anything is possible
The Pluses Come With Minuses, Too:
However, just as technology has offered this generation with numerous strong technical attributes it has also produced its share of negative traits. Generation Z wants the ability to efficiently communicate ideas, debate an issue or share an opinion. Later than spending majority of their formative yrs in front of computer this generation of employees are unfamiliar with face-to-face discussions, collaborative teams and public speaking. Instant feedback as well as immediate response to inquiries also limits coping talent of this generation to problem solve.
The talent to discover multiple solutions for a problem is not as grown-up in this generation as in previous generations. Hay Group's director of leadership and talent in the UK- Yvonne Sell believes that Generation Z will have a wish for learning, change, stimulation as well as promotion that will conflict with traditional organizational hierarchies.
Generation Z will want to be heard no matter how junior they are moreover perhaps may have slight tolerance for working through those who do not share their views. Sell warns that organizations require being aware that Generation Z may have less concern for responsibility, accountability and understanding of consequence.
Instantaneously a few yrs back there will be five generations in workforce. That diversity alone in how employees view their job stability, relationships within workplace and education required to get job has underway to change the way businesses advertise for new hires and environment in which they will potentially do their work. However, talent essential to succeed in transformative awareness era are immobile which lacks in most of the students known as Generation Z.
Bubble sheets and multiple choice exams have robbed our students of the ability to explain, defend and elaborate on their understanding of a topic. In addition a highly compact curriculum with little time to "brew" over the material also imparts little of the self-directed and intellectual curiosity skills that will be demanded of our students.
Unfortunately, these are very similar soft skills which employers are looking for in their future employees.
Seven Survival Skills (For the 21st Century):
Tony Wagner's Seven Survival Skills as defined by business leaders in their own words should be the focus on how educators should be teaching. This comprises:
1. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
2. Leading by Influence and Collaboration Across Networks
3. Adaptability and Agility
4. Entrepreneurship and Initiative
5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
6. Accessing and Analyzing Information
7. Curiosity and Imagination.
Educators should model and hold as a standard these survival skills:
There is a lot of information to be gleaned from the Internet and a lot of tools to help educators in communicating and putting into practice these skills. A good place to start is with a familiar tool like the KWL chart and start having students produce answers using the upgraded KWHLAQ chart.
Just starting with "H" can lead to more depth of a subject and not just a superficial glance of a web page. How do I find-out? How I will came to know about how I found the right answer? How does this apply to the real world? How I will this alter technique so that I look at or feel about something? Followed by ‘A' - What action will I take? Will this action alter my opinion? Will this action change my understanding/answer? What is the consequence of this action? And all of this should end with the "Q" - What new questions do I have?
Technology as well as information will bring on growing and evolving. Mobile devices and that sense of connectedness are here to stay. So while educators can't change the hardware that their students use they can influence and model the behaviour, expectations and soft skills that employers expect of their employees within the workforce.