January 27, 2013
Students in the 21st Century
I conducted an observation that was one to two hours long on students of the 21st century at the movie theater. I will reflect on these six areas: their communication styles, social and interpersonal behaviors, topics of discussion, common phrases and verbiage, attitudes, and their clothing and body art.
Their communication styles were both verbal and nonverbal. At the local community theater I observed that the high school age kids were not doing much talking. They were sitting around either talking or texting on their phones or on the social media sites updating their status. The only time the older kids really talked was when I asked them a question, besides that they were into their electronics. There were also a group of younger ...view middle of the document...
Topics of discussion. For the younger kids the only topic that was discussed was the movie Parental Guidance, which they had just seen. They were talking about their favorite parts and different high lights of the movie. As for the older kids the only topic that came up was when I asked one of the girls what movie they saw. That was the only way I was going to get some type of conversation out of them. So she said Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and that’s when two other kids chimed in and said how it was action packed and it was definitely different from the fairy tale story they read growing up. I smiled and told them thanks for sharing that with me and I might go see it later. That was all I was able to get out of them.
Common phrases and verbiage. Among the younger kids I heard them use the phrase “ I know right”. When someone said something that they agreed with he or she would use that phrase.
Attitudes. The older kids seemed calm and the younger kids were more energized and talkative and it seemed like they were very happy to discuss what they had just seen.
Clothing and body art. Some of the girls had on shorts with stockings, which seemed like something they wore back in the days, so it looks that type of fashion is coming back. The boys had on t-shirts, jeans and some form or jacket, nothing out of the ordinary. I did not notice any of the kids having any type of body art or tattoos. Only having their ear pierced, but I felt like that was normal.
It was definitely different to sit there and observe those two groups of kids and how they handled themselves. I believe that their communication styles, social and interpersonal behaviors, topics of discussion, common phrases and verbiage, attitudes, and their clothing and body art are what make up their culture which plays a big part of their learning style.