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Generatıon Alpha from the Perspectıve of Faculty Members

Hasan Arslan, Zyinat Esenalieva, Miray Doğan
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey

Abstract. The article presents the study of the Alpha Generation in higher education. The Alpha Generation, born in 2010 and after, is a generation that actively uses technology that was still in its school years. This study, in which faculty members’ perceptions of the Alpha generation that will be university students in the future were investigated, was conducted with the qualitative research method to understand in depth what meaning the faculty members ascribe to the Alpha generation. For this purpose, the interviews were conducted with the faculty members at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. Faculty members expect to be prepared for the new generation of digital and global education, which is changing fast. Learning skills and the ability to apply concepts and understandings affect how we view information differently. Furthermore, technological advancements in higher education play a crucial role in the teaching-learning approaches of the future, so faculty members are also expected to be knowledgeable and experienced about the Alpha Generation’s next generation of higher education. Therefore, in the future higher education environment, this research can be important for academics and administrators to get the opinions of faculty members on the Alpha generation and to anticipate the opportunities and potential problems. Furthermore, this research has tried to explain the faculty members as the next group of university students, considering the learning styles preferred by the Alpha generation, their perceptions and expectations about education. Finally, this research is illustrated with recommendations on how universities can be transformed to provide a better learning experience aligned with the thoughts, perceptions and expectations of faculty members for Generation Alpha students.

Keywords: Higher Education, Generations, Alpha Generations, Faculty Members, Qualitative Research

Prof. Dr. Hasan Arslan currently works as a Professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey. He is the director of the Higher Education Research and Implementation Center. His research interests include educational administration, higher education policy, student leadership, and multicultural education.

Miray Doğan is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Educational Sciences, Department of Education Management at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. Her research interests include education management, higher education, organizational culture, and educational policies.

Zyinat Esenalieva is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Educational Sciences, Department of Education Management at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. Currently works as an English language teacher in Çanakkale, Turkey. Research interests are the improvement of children’s literature in rural places, study skills of school and university students and foreign language teaching methodologies.

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2023. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2023. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2023. 796 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-36-116-6