The purpose of this study was to investigate how faculty perceptions of the Millennial generation, who are current students, influenced communication with them in an undergraduate mentorship. The research revolved around exploring whether or not faculty agreed with the traits assigned to the Millennial generation, and how that might influence their communication and mentorship tactics. As a qualitative study, interviews were conducted with ten members of College of Wooster faculty within the humanities and social sciences. This study found that, in spite of research pointing to many traits attributable to the Millennial generation, the only significant trait participants agreed was shared by current students and influenced how they mentored was heightened anxiety. A key implication of this study is that, while there may be extensive discussion regarding trends in current students, it is important to investigate how those play out in real life in order to craft the best pedagogical and intergenerational communicative practices.
Berthiaume, Jack, ""None of Us Got a PH.D in Life Coaching": A Qualitative Study of Interpersonal Communication Dynamics in a Modern Undergraduate Mentorship Setting" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7517.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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