Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Review: Generation on a Tightrope, by Aruther Levine and Diane Dean (2012).

Levine, Arthur, & Diane Dean.  2012.  Generation on a Tightrope:  A Portrait of Today’s College Student.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.  227 pages.

Generation provides a portrait of the values and needs of today’s college students.  It is based on the research of 5,000 college students from 270 college campuses.  It explores the similarities and differences between this generation of students and previous generations.  

On a personal note, I found the book disappointing.  Books that explore "generational" trends can sometimes be so broad as to lose meaning, and at times this book ventured in that direction.  In addition, there were very few significant conclusions as to what to do to better education this generation. In addition, I found the tone slightly negative--both about the world at large, but also about the students themselves.

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