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Teaching Millennials to Engage THE Environment instead of THEIR Environment: A Pedagogical Analysis
Unformatted Document Text:  Another trend involved the positive reaction to having the freedom to explore topics with one’s own voice. As one student stated: – “Blogging took me back to my love for creative writing, and I loved being able to write what I wanted, how I wanted, and express the way I really felt about something.” Discussion and Conclusions Educating Millennials will continue to be a challenge for communication faculty, particularly when it comes to considering complex subject matters like specialty reporting topics. Using blogs in conjunction with visual representations of competing value systems and ideological frameworks, applied to media text analysis, provides faculty with a method for bringing students into closer proximity to critical issues through encouraging peer interaction with one another. One of the defining traits of the Millennial Generation is its proclivity for group work and crowd-sourcing information requests. Rather than fighting that tendency because it does not fit into traditional educations structures, faculty can embrace it, helping students to discover more rigorous and trustworthy ways to interact with one another. The dearth of critical thinking has been a resounding issue regarding Millennial students. Upon closer inspection, that dearth would appear to be less a function of a lack of any literacy with information, but the lack of a particular kind of literacy, specifically, the judgment or critical analysis component of media literacy. Though this has been a brief presentation of a model for introducing the challenges of covering complex topics like science, technology, and the environment for news media outlets, these methods 16

Authors: Stevens, Rick. and Crow, Deserai.
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Another trend involved the positive reaction to having the freedom to explore topics with 
one’s own voice. As one student stated:
– “Blogging took me back to my love for creative writing, and I loved 
being able to write what I wanted, how I wanted, and express the way I 
really felt about something.”
Discussion and Conclusions 
Educating Millennials will continue to be a challenge for communication faculty, 
particularly when it comes to considering complex subject matters like specialty 
reporting topics. Using blogs in conjunction with visual representations of competing 
value systems and ideological frameworks, applied to media text analysis, provides 
faculty with a method for bringing students into closer proximity to critical issues 
through encouraging peer interaction with one another. One of the defining traits of the 
Millennial Generation is its proclivity for group work and crowd-sourcing information 
requests. Rather than fighting that tendency because it does not fit into traditional 
educations structures, faculty can embrace it, helping students to discover more rigorous 
and trustworthy ways to interact with one another.
The dearth of critical thinking has been a resounding issue regarding Millennial 
students. Upon closer inspection, that dearth would appear to be less a function of a lack 
of any literacy with information, but the lack of a particular kind of literacy, specifically, 
the judgment or critical analysis component of media literacy. Though this has been a 
brief presentation of a model for introducing the challenges of covering complex topics 
like science, technology, and the environment for news media outlets, these methods 

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