Author to discuss generational differences

The author of “Generation Me” will discuss how today’s students differ from those in the past at noon April 1 as part of a special series sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Jean M. Twenge will make her presentation, “Today’s Students Are Different: Reaching and Teaching the Millennial Generation,” in Marian Hall Ballroom, said Dr. Susan Hall, the director of the center at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 40 scientific journal articles and book chapters. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology and a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Her doctorate in personality psychology came from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She also has post-doctoral studies in social psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Twenge has made numerous media appearances to discuss her research, including “The Today Show” and “Dateline NBC” on TV; National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”; CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File”; and been featured in Time and Newsweek magazines; and USA Today, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal newspapers.
“(Twenge) will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the data on how generations differ spiced with plenty of pop culture and humor,” Hall said. “The generational changes include increases in self-esteem, narcissism, and expectations, and declines in mental health. In other words, today’s students really are different. Dr. Twenge will discuss how these changes impact teaching, advising, and managing young people, and will detail how the generations can work together inside and outside the classroom.”

Dr. Jean Twenge

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