Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

[Generation Y healthcare students’ expectations: hard skills but also soft skills.]

Engels C Rech Soins Infirm. 2017;(131):41-51.

Generation Y’s (born between 1981 and 1999) educational approach in healthcare studies raises questions about their expectations and which teaching methods to use with this generation. The study involved third year students of occupational therapy. One hundred and twelve students were consulted in September 2012 and September 2013 about their expectations regarding the courses and the teaching methods which were offered. Results allowed to highlight firstly the importance of the usefulness of the course and secondly expectations regarding the teachers’ soft skills. If the link between soft skills and success was pointed out in many studies, only a few studies focus on the teachers’ own soft skills development in order to respond to students’ expectations in higher education. This is the topic of this article, which main interest could be the means to develop teaching methods adapted to this students’ generation.

MeSH terms: Adolescent; Adult; Clinical Competence; Curriculum; Humans; Motivation; Occupational Therapy; Students, Health Occupations; Teaching; Young Adult
DOI: 10.3917/rsi.131.0041