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Connecting with carnival : developing critical business education through reflective writing

Pollard, Vikki 2012, Connecting with carnival : developing critical business education through reflective writing, in HERDSA 2012 : Proceedings of the 35th HERDSA Annual International Conference: Connections in Higher Education, HERDSA, Hobart, Tas., pp. 242-250.

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Title Connecting with carnival : developing critical business education through reflective writing
Author(s) Pollard, VikkiORCID iD for Pollard, Vikki orcid.org/0000-0002-2209-1199
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (35th : 2012 : Hobart, Tasmania)
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 2-5 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2012 : Proceedings of the 35th HERDSA Annual International Conference: Connections in Higher Education
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Start page 242
End page 250
Total pages 9
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication Hobart, Tas.
Keyword(s) reflective writing
business education
MBA
reflective practice
Summary In response to recent criticisms, and following a sustained effort by Critical Management Scholars, business education, especially the MBA, is increasingly taking seriously the idea that it needs to enable students to develop the capacities of critical and reflective thought. One method in particular is suggested as meeting this end; reflective writing. The aim of this current paper is to consider if this method lives up to the promise of developing critical and reflective coporate citizens. Using a body of critical theory on reflective practice, I argue that reflective writing as done by students tends to be a Truth posing exercise. This is insufficient to the end that critical scholars envision. My aim with this paper is to introduce a new form of reflective writing. Drawing on the based on Bakhtin's (1984) notion of carnival, I argue for a dialogical text in which different voices and perspectives jostle and claim that this is productive of texts that grant autonomy to the reader to make meaning. This form of writing is more conductive to the constitution of ethical and critical thinking than are the current truth books (Masschelein, 2006) that dominant reflective writing. I illustrate this through my experiences introducing reflective writing in an undergraduate accounting unit and to an MBA. I argue that the latter is more dialogical and carnivalistic as the reflective writing is a joint effort.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2012, HERDSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063703

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