The Pew Research Centre earlier this year released a report that looked at the characteristics of the Millenials (Generation Next).
The report is about the generation that constitutes young Americans in their late teens and twenties (ages 18-29). It found that already distinct characteristics are emerging. Not only will they be the best educated generation in American history, they are confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.
The report compares the characteristics of the Millenial Generation with those of Gen X, the Baby Boomers, and those older than 65, whom it refers ot as the Silent Generation.
Set in American culture, this report may be, but there is no doubt some of its conclusions are also relevant to other Western cultures such as Australia. For educators it may help to explain where young parents are coming from.
The report summary contains some interesting charts and diagrams.
On the site there is a video to watch of the launch of the report and an interesting quiz to take: How Millennial Are You?
For the record, I'm not very Millenial at all: scored 36 out of a maximum of 100, but what else can you expect from a Baby Boomer on the cusp of being Silent?