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Characterizing Today’s Students: Realists, Survivors and Future Problem-Solvers?

Allison Boye and Suzanne Tapp Texas Tech University What characteristics come to mind when you think of a particular generation? Maybe you think of the word “hero” when referring to the Greatest Generation (which includes those who fought in WWII). Perhaps you think of the apathy and independence associated with Generation X, or the optimism attributed to the Millenial generation by the research team of Howe and Strauss (2000). But how will we define the emerging generation that some are tentatively calling Generation Z? Many of these students, born between the mid-1990s to approximately 2010, are now college students and it behooves us to get to know them! Generational researchers o

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