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Gen Gappers in Communication: Getting Wider and Wilder (May 10, 2011)

Porntip Kanjananiyot and Chotima Chaitiamwong, Fulbright Thailand



No longer does ‘Age’ take the blame for causing the generation gap. It is overtaken by technology, the powerful gen gapper, which affects cross generation communication by introducing new language and culture. Kids today could also live safely in their second world hidden from adults. Some of the behaviors they developed in their comfort zone, however, manifest through their interactions with others.


With different values, perceptions, and personality; people from different generations, particularly the traditionalists and the millennials, find it hard to communicate with each other. Communication crash occurs at home, workplace, and, in fact, any societal sectors. If the trend continues, benefits of learning within and across generations could be unfortunately lessened.


Communication, both cross-cultural and cross-generation, must be encouraged. Direct exposure to various lifestyles and environments, combined with wise use of technology, could help better understanding of differences and increase tolerance. Educational institution is the real player in bridging the generation gap, using exchange programs as an effective mechanism. As an organization and an incubator of tomorrow’s citizens, Thai educational institutions, striving to keep up with the global trend, are tasked to take the lead to promote cross-generation communication with deep understanding of the Thai context that needs to be adjusted in the era of international professional standards, in order to translate generation diversity into a rich resource.


ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย


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