John Todorovich, Facilitator
Tammy McGuckin, Scribe
Taylor Boes, Student
The workshop began with a general discussion regarding what is perceived as a generational/cultural divide when it comes to the concept of integrity. Several of the faculty members indicated that they had never thought of cheating as an option; while it seems that today’s students view it as a “path of least resistance” to achieve the level of success they are pursuing.
It was stressed that a number of generations are present in our classrooms; therefore, focusing solely on the Millennials does not address the entire issue of integrity across generations. Additionally, there was discussion regarding the cultural differences related to the concept of academic integrity and plagiarism.
Issues of the Millennial Generation:
How Might Higher Education Adjust:
Additional discussions are definitely warranted.
Keeping Track of Generational Expectations
Every August, Ron Nief and Tom McBride compile and publish the Beloit College Mindset List, in which they identify key cultural experiences and current events that characterize the life experiences and “mindset” of students we will meet in our classes as entering students this fall. As Nief and McBride note on their web site, this list is a helpful reminder of the sometimes dramatic differences between the life experience and cultural expectations of entering students and faculty. Advances in technology and popular culture can create divisions between generations that can impair effective communication. Knowing about these generational differences can help faculty better understand why some examples and cultural references that worked perfectly well a few years ago now draw puzzled looks or glazed expressions.
Updated 02/15/12 cdw
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