‘It's the end of the university as we know it (and I feel fine)’: the Generation Y student in higher education discourse
Sternberg, Jason (2012) ‘It's the end of the university as we know it (and I feel fine)’: the Generation Y student in higher education discourse. Higher Education Research and Development, 31(4), pp. 571-583.
This paper examines discussions of Generation Y within higher education discourse, arguing the sector’s use of the term to describe students is misguided for three reasons. First, portraying students as belonging to Generation Y homogenises people undertaking higher education as young, middle-class and technologically literate. Second, speaking of Generation Y students allows constructivism to be reinvented as a ‘new’ learning and teaching philosophy. Third, the Generation Y university student has become a central figure in concerns about technology’s role in learning and teaching. While the notion of the ‘Generation Y student’ creates the illusion that higher education institutions understand their constituents, ultimately, it is of little value in explaining young adults’ educational experiences.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the [Higher Education Research and Development] (C)  (copyright Taylor & Francis); [Higher Education Research and Development] is available online at:
|Deposited On:||13 Feb 2012 06:03|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2013 01:57|
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