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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

English: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Michael Dando

Second Advisor

Judy Dorn

Third Advisor

Catherine Fox

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Generation Z, Motivation, Future, Technology


"Motivating Generation Z: A Study of the Unique Learning Styles of a Generation" explores what it means to be a student in today's K-12 classroom. The study dives into the research around Gen Z's particular learning styles. Their lives have been uniquely shaped by technology. They're Digital Natives in the truest sense of the title. This study looks at how society and culture have affected those learning styles, and in what ways teachers can present material to meet those needs. They're immersed in technology in a way that changes how they view and interact with the world around them. It's only natural that their education experience would be affected as well. Using a case study format, the study follows John and his experience and interest with three different assignment types, amid the unprecedented COVID distance learning period designed with my research about Gen Z in mind. The findings provide some resolution and open the door for future analysis. Each pedagogical choice created room for an interesting discussion.