Culture shock is a â€śsicknessâ€? with â€śsymptomaticâ€? attributes that many international students undergo. While there are myriad ways in which culture can be defined, Dr. Lalervo Oberg an anthropologist indicates that it is important that one understands that individuals are not born with culture but only with the capacity to learn it and use it. What then is culture shock? How can an educator identify students undergoing culture shock? How can this student be helped to adjust to their new environs? Dr. Oberg illustrates this in an article entitled â€śCulture shock & the problem of adjustment to new cultural environmentsâ€?
The Net Generation has not known a life without the internet. Born in the 1980â€™s, they fascinate the preceding generations on their ability to heavily multitask for example by watching TV, talking on the phone and listening to the radio simultaneously. They walk to the classrooms with the same drive expecting a technologically â€śup beatâ€? environment. The book Educating the Net Generation informs educators on such terms as â€śdigital nativesâ€? implying people grown up with technology as different to â€śdigital immigrantsâ€? that did not. The book equips one with knowledge, skills and understanding to strike a balance or bridge the gap between these two categories. I wonder what other generations await us.