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Conference Paper

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Birchmore, R., & Kestle, L. (April, 2011). The XYZ of the living curriculum. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference for Australian University Building Educators, Bond University, Gold Coast.


Using literature, the preferred learning environments of the generational groups X, Y and Z are examined. A first year, Bachelor of Construction course, Team Management is mapped against Unitec‟s Living Curriculum, which is then mapped against the generations‟ preferences. The course is then analysed using the Unitec‟s student evaluation system, the “Rate my Course” website, lecturer observations and student assignment reflections. Investigation shows that in terms of a learning environment, characteristics of Generations X, Y and Z are not always distinctly different but the theme of increasing urgency for outcomes runs through most strongly. Team Management maps closely to the Living Curriculum requirements but this does inherently produce high student satisfaction. The Living Curriculum delivered through the course, does align with generations‟ desires but contradictions are apparent. Recommendations for the future focus on balancing the potential contradictions.



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