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By Eric Bender

Teaching and Learning

Getting to know Gen Z - Value, video and diversity

Teachers have more impact on students than they may have initially believed. According to Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners, a recent study from Pearson and The Harris Poll, Generation Z and millennials both rank teachers and professors as the top influencers for their personal development (78 percent and 80 percent respectively) – higher than parents and their peers.

Other findings from the Pearson/Harris Poll:

  • Despite growing questions around the value of college and return on investment in tuition, just 25 percent of Generation Z students say they believe they can have a rewarding career without going to college.
  • 80 percent of Generation Z respondents agree that college either has a fair amount of value, is a good value, or is an excellent value.
  • For the Gen Z student, face-to-face teaching still tops the list of preferred learning tools in a classroom experience, but video is a close second. The study notes that Generation Z, or students ages 14-23, rank YouTube well ahead of traditional lectures, learning applications, and books.
  • Last but not least, Gen Z values diversity. More than 6 in 10 Generation Z respondents agree that having diverse friends makes them a better person.

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