Facilitating learning for the students nowadays demands so much from the educators. This makes the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) more challenging as they look upon the needs of the present generation. This study sought answer to that need by determining the most preferred pedagogical practices that have impact on the students’ ability to stay motivated and learn effectively. Randomly selected higher education students including bachelor, masters’ and doctorate students were surveyed. Majority of the students belong to the so-called Net Generation. They prefer pedagogical practices that engage multiple channels of learning and on ways of assessing the learning outcomes. They thrive more on relevant, applicable, active learning and project-based tasks while working with their learning partners including faculty and students of shared interests. Results of correlation analysis revealed a significant relationship between students’ demographics, and their preferences for pedagogical practices. Analysis of Variance indicated highly significant difference in the preferences for pedagogical practices across generational groups of students. Higher education is indeed changing and thus requires continuous change and improvement on the part of educators who find comfort in utilizing the twentieth century pedagogical practices. Now that innovations and technological breakthroughs are inevitable, educators must take a stand and set the bar in promoting effective twenty-first century higher education.
Recommended CitationOrtega-Dela Cruz, Ruth, Pedagogical practice preferences among generational groups of learners: Towards effective twenty-first century higher education, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 17(5), 2020.