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IT Educational Challenges for the Internet generation

IT Educational Challenges for the Internet generation
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Author(s): Wai K. Law (University of Guam, Guam)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch082
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


The Net (Internet) generation generally refers to those children born between 1986 and 2000. Although there are different opinions on the exact current age range of the Net generation, it is well accepted that the first waves of these youngsters are already on university campuses (Internet Generation, 2006). The Net generation is expected to trigger major challenges in the educational process, especially in IT education. The Net generation has been brought up among edutainment, and expects learning to be fun. They are avid users of computer and Internet, and are much less tolerant of boredom than previous generations. They exhibit no fear for computers and feel no need for computer literacy training. They probably have experienced and even master technology that baffles the current generation of instructors. They are accustomed to obtain information on their own and expect instant feedback. They learn just in time, and are less willing to memorize information as a necessary part of the leaning process. They will not hesitate to turn to powerful computational machines to complete tasks, and they are well aware of the limitation of textbooks. The Net generation will be less inclined to follow a curriculum, simply digest bundled knowledge, and equate hard work with learning (Hay, L.E. (2000).

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