Values of academic youth in the context of Y generation
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Social factors have a large impact to the formation of values orientation of an individual. People of the same age group or generation have certain common values related to the peculiarities of person’s development or social, cultural, economic and technological environment and generation they have lived. Howe and Strauss1 distinguished several generations, and the closest to us are X , Y and Z generations. Since nowadays students are already typical representatives of Y generation, it is important to analyze their values in order to find out, at what extent and whether the newly changing existential space influence the nature and tendency of values. The purpose of this study was to clarify the existing personal values of students in different period of time (years 2006-2007 and 2015) and to identify changes in values system of young people in the context of Y generation. A questionnaire by R.Ullrich and R. deMunich ‘My recent values‘ was used in order to achieve research objective. In the period of 2006-2007, 422 students were questioned (144 females and 280 males) and 226 students (116 females and 100 males) took part in the research held in 2015. The results show that the most important values for researched students are related to Selfrealization and independence, Stimulation, Benevolence – caring and Security – personal and Achievement values. The least important are the values of being alone, peace, getting loose, powerresource and power-control. We found some slight differences in values after ten years from the first study. The differences in male and female values have been found.The features of researched academic youth values fit to characteristics of Y generation.
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