A survey and review of attitudes and beliefs of generation X pharmacy students

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Objectives. The purpose of this paper was to describe an anonymous survey that was administered to first- and third-year professional pharmacy students at the University of Kentucky. Methods. This survey instrument was modeled after a survey administered and described by Peter Sacks in his text Generation X Goes to College. The survey instrument was meant to ascertain attitudes and beliefs of current Generation X students. Little information is available to determine how closely pharmacy students identify with Generation X characteristics. The aim of this research was to compare and contrast responses of pharmacy students to the responses of non-pharmacy students previously reported. Results. We found that the majority of responses between pharmacy and non-pharmacy students were similar. Conclusions. Generation X students, irrespective of discipline, manifest a collective group of characteristics and traits that may affect learning aptitude. Generation X faculty also may possess similar characteristics. Knowledge and awareness of these traits both by faculty and students may improve teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • Generation X
  • Learning aptitude
  • Peter Sacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy


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