Supporting Millennials in Adult and Community Education Settings: Reflective Interviews With Caregivers in the Form of Parents and Guardians

Supporting Millennials in Adult and Community Education Settings: Reflective Interviews With Caregivers in the Form of Parents and Guardians

Jonathan Bishop (Crocels Community Media Group, UK)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 32
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7802-4.ch015

Abstract

This chapter investigates the views of parents and guardians of Millennials who took part in a clicks-and-mortar adult and community education project based around learning about local heritage and expressing understanding of it through digital and mixed media collages. Issues considered range from the built environment, with the project taking place in various settings, from community centers to church hall, through to online issues, where a dedicated resource separated from the rest of the internet was developed for exploratory learning. Parents and guardians express how they think the needs of Millennials should be taken into account in the provision of education and community activity. The chapter concludes that there are many community resources available for Millennials, but the coordination of their use is the barrier preventing Millennials having the experience of previous generations that had fulfilled teenage years.
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Background

This section provides a critical assessment of the literature related to how the two different generation of digital teens, Net Generation and Millennials, can be accommodated in the organisations, communities and family units of which they are part and how the adult and community education (ACE) environment can improve their outcomes. This is in addition to the author discussion above in relation to the author’s own literature and life experience on why the author is researching “Generation Next” (i.e. the Millennials) to begin with. This thesis suggests three areas that need to be rethought to accommodate Millennials, synonymously known as Generation Next. These involve rethinking organisational and systems architecture, rethinking buildings architecture and rethinking curriculum and pedagogy architecture. But before considering these, it is essential to define the Millennials, the community education factors affecting them, and where they see themselves in their family unit.

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