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Teaching organisational theory in undergraduate management programmes: an exercise in facilitated theory testing for active experimentation

Blunsdon, Betsy, Reed, Ken, McEachern, Steven and McNeil, Nicola 2003, Teaching organisational theory in undergraduate management programmes: an exercise in facilitated theory testing for active experimentation, Journal of further and higher education, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 3-14, doi: 10.1080/03098770305632.

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Title Teaching organisational theory in undergraduate management programmes: an exercise in facilitated theory testing for active experimentation
Author(s) Blunsdon, Betsy
Reed, Ken
McEachern, Steven
McNeil, Nicola
Journal name Journal of further and higher education
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 14
Publisher National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003-02
ISSN 0309-877X
1469-9486
Summary This paper argues that there is an opportunity to improve the way that social science theory is taught by introducing an exercise in facilitated theory testing through active experimentation. This paper describes a learning experience that enables students to discover the dynamic nature of theoretical discoveries. This idea is grounded in the notion that students will gain much from learning about and testing theory experientially using real world data. A data based exercise is outlined and illustrated to reveal a learning experience that provides an opportunity to improve the way social science is taught by linking theory to empirical data. We argue that this provides an opportunity to offer a more holistic learning experience for theory teaching. The paper will be of special interest to those teaching theory in management, commerce, business and organisational studies courses. It will also be of interest to a more general audience because it provides a framework that can be modified whenever forging a connection between theory and 'the real world' is a primary learning objective.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03098770305632
Field of Research 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, NATFHE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002118

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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