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

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posted on 2003-02-01, 00:00 authored by Betsy Blunsdon, Kenneth Reed, S McEachern, N McNeil
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.

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Journal

Journal of further and higher education

Volume

27

Issue

1

Pagination

3 - 14

Publisher

National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education

Location

London, England

ISSN

0309-877X

eISSN

1469-9486

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, NATFHE

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