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J Genet Couns. 2010 Dec;19(6):554-69. doi: 10.1007/s10897-010-9319-8. Epub 2010 Sep 16.

Training the Millennial learner through experiential evolutionary scaffolding: implications for clinical supervision in graduate education programs.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abstract

They are the Millennials--Generation Y. Over the next few decades, they will be entering genetic counseling graduate training programs and the workforce. As a group, they are unlike previous youth generations in many ways, including the way they learn. Therefore, genetic counselors who teach and supervise need to understand the Millennials and explore new ways of teaching to ensure that the next cohort of genetic counselors has both skills and knowledge to represent our profession well. This paper will summarize the distinguishing traits of the Millennial generation as well as authentic learning and evolutionary scaffolding theories of learning that can enhance teaching and supervision. We will then use specific aspects of case preparation during clinical rotations to demonstrate how incorporating authentic learning theory into evolutionary scaffolding results in experiential evolutionary scaffolding, a method that potentially offers a more effective approach when teaching Millennials. We conclude with suggestions for future research.

PMID:
20844940
DOI:
10.1007/s10897-010-9319-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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