The 4 Rs Model: Gen Z’s expectations about education

The fact that education is undergoing systemic changes is no news. Some of these changes are due to globalization, but the main “culprit” is technology, with its disruptive effects in all aspects of our lives.

Gen Z students – or zoomers – the first generation of digital natives, relate to technology differently from previous cohorts. If technology is a tool for Millennials, zoomers naturally integrate technology into their everyday lives. It’s more than a means to an end; it’s a part of them.

This relationship with technology has shaped their expectations about education and learning. The whole architecture of the traditional teacher-centered model has crumbled, although some educators still cling to it. Granted, it was possible in the eighties to give a two-hour lecture without visual or written support, but those times are long gone.

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