Developing critical understanding in HRM students:using innovative teaching methods to encourage deep approaches to study


Purpose – This paper aims to focus on developing critical understanding in human resource management (HRM) students in Aston Business School, UK. The paper reveals that innovative teaching methods encourage deep approaches to study, an indicator of students reaching their own understanding of material and ideas. This improves student employability and satisfies employer need. Design/methodology/approach – Student response to two second year business modules, matched for high student approval rating, was collected through focus group discussion. One module was taught using EBL and the story method, whilst the other used traditional teaching methods. Transcripts were analysed and compared using the structure of the ASSIST measure. Findings – Critical understanding and transformative learning can be developed through the innovative teaching methods of enquiry-based learning (EBL) and the story method. Research limitations/implications – The limitation is that this is a single case study comparing and contrasting two business modules. The implication is that the study should be replicated and developed in different learning settings, so that there are multiple data sets to confirm the research finding. Practical implications – Future curriculum development, especially in terms of HE, still needs to encourage students and lecturers to understand more about the nature of knowledge and how to learn. The application of EBL and the story method is described in a module case study – “Strategy for Future Leaders”. Originality/value – This is a systematic and comparative study to improve understanding of how students and lecturers learn and of the context in which the learning takes place.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
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Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education,human resource management,students,teaching,United Kingdom,Education,Development,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
Publication ISSN: 0309-0590
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2024 17:24
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 08:52
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2010
Authors: Butler, Michael J.R. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0061-9538)
Reddy, Peter (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0623-5359)



Version: Accepted Version

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