Çiğdem Apaydin, Feyza Kaya


This research aims to identify the characteristics of alpha generation students from the lens of pre-school teachers. In this regard, the research questioned whether there was a difference between alpha generation and Z generation students in terms of some variables. Besides, the class management techniques used for both generations and the change in parent profiles were discussed comparatively. The working group consisted of twelve teachers working at private preschool schools in Antalya. Having a qualitative research design, this research used content analysis method during data analysis. The research findings revealed that the negative characteristics of alpha generation were more than positive characteristics. Alpha generation was found to exhibit behaviors such as being more curious, free from any rules, being more ill-tempered, more mobile and more self-centred than Z generation; moreover, they also had high self-esteem, and they were more emotional and more conscious. In terms of communication, Alpha generation was also determined to be more closed and behave more individually than Z generation. Considering classroom management techniques, preschool teachers were found to use the reconstructive approach for the alpha generation and traditional classroom management techniques for Z generation. The research findings also indicated that alpha generation parents were more conscious and sensitive than Z generation parents. However, the alpha generation parents were noted to have a negative point of view towards the preschool teachers.


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