Creating an Authentic Learning Environment in Economics for MBA Studies

Creating an Authentic Learning Environment in Economics for MBA Studies

Greg Parry (Edith Cowan University, Australia) and Clive Reynoldson (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-594-8.ch006
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Abstract

This chapter discusses a postgraduate economics program that forms a core part of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree course. The program has been structured so as to create a learning environment in which students construct an understanding of economics through a semester-long, authentic learning task — specifically the development of a competitive strategy for a business in which they have a personal interest. The curriculum, teaching and learning activities and assessment are aligned in such a way that they all contribute to the achievement of this task. The authors have observed that this approach has resulted in greater student engagement and a deeper conceptualisation of the role of economics in business as compared to the traditional approaches to teaching economics in MBA programs.

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