Each year instructors and scholars contemplate their instructional spaces in search of information about incoming students and how best to relate course content to a new generation of learners. Communication Instruction in the Generation Z Classroom: Educational Explorations outlines communication considerations for effectively interacting with and instilling pedagogical practices that appeal to Gen Z using communication tools and course design principles to effectively engage students. Contributors raise questions about research areas in need of additional exploration as instructors and scholars seek to understand how communication influences classrooms, learners, and the broader world. Given the relationship between teacher communication and student success, instructors across disciplines, as well as scholars of communication, pedagogy, and social sciences will find this book particularly interesting. It is also suitable for graduate students in teaching assistant positions, faculty developers, and educators at various institutions.
Renee Robinson is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University.
Table of Contents
Sadia E. Cheema and Jie Zhang
Kristen T. Christman and Jessica D. McCall
Face-to-Face Interactions and Digital Platforms
Emeline Ojeda-Hecht and Elizabeth S. Parks
Troy Cooper and T. Kody Frey
Generation Z Student Population
Corey Jay Liberman
S. Nisbett, Newly Paul, and Juli James
R. Tyler Spradley
Spoma Jovanovic, Cristiane S. Damasceno, and Roy Schwartzman
"This prolific edited volume interrogates pedagogy from an intergenerational perspective. Through an overarching framework of intersectionality, the authors present timely, concrete, and applied strategies for negotiating a supportive and creative learning environment for Generation Z. Grounded in both theoretical and practical implications, the volume offers faculty an impressive selection of tactics that will not only enhance learning, but also bolster motivation, facilitate open communication, and bridge intergenerational differences between faculty and today’s Generation Z student population. "
"With increasing frequency, I hear university educators critiqued in their pedagogy for making assumptions that 1) what was true of instructional research with Gen X samples is true of Gen Z learners, and 2) what is true about instructional practices that work well in the face-to-face classroom translates into the online classroom. This collection fills the knowledge gaps that create those assumptions, exploring characteristics unique to Gen Z learners and their lives immersed in technology. This is a very informative read for all educators!"
"This book is an important compilation of scholarship on teaching Gen Z students. It fills a gap in the literature by addressing skills and practices that are needed to successfully teach and engage the Gen Z generation through the lens of the field of Communication. Robinson masterfully pulls together relevant research from experts in the field on topics relevant to college teaching. Topics include need-supportive teaching, intergenerational listening expectations, outdoor adventure education, and using video games to teach Gen Z students, to name just a few."
"Robinson and colleagues explore themes of engagement, connection, listening, online learning, relevance, playing, and informed adaptation in the higher education instructional space our highly racially diverse, highly educated, digital native Gen Z students inhabit. Based on research and their personal experience, chapter authors delve into the communication competencies needed by instructors and students alike in a world slouching tentatively and inequitably towards its post-COVID reality."