More Than 'Millennials': Colleges Must Look Beyond Generational Stereotypes

More Than 'Millennials': Teachers Must Look Beyond Generational Stereotypes 1

Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle

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Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle

Until the 1990s, generations were thought by most people to span about 20 years, and labeling a generation with a catchy name usually meant that the cohort represented some major demographic trend. The births of the baby boomers, for example, had serious implications for social policy because of the need to pro-ject future needs in education, social services, and retirement. Giving that cohort an easily identifiable label made sense.

Now, however, it seems that a new generation is