Laying foundations for effective learning from commissioned projects in business education

David Laughton (Senior Lecturer in International Business and Public Policy, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Roger Ottewill (Principal Lecturer in International Business and Public Policy, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 1 April 1998

Abstract

Examines the nature of commissioned projects in business education and the value they hold for key stakeholder groups: students, tutors and clients. Identifies the essence of commissioned projects as being a unique fusion of vocational and pedagogic (problem‐based learning) perspectives. Describes the structure of commissioned projects and argues that this is a necessary but not sufficient condition for their success. Argues that the key to their successful utilisation is the establishment of effective foundations. Identifies these as a strategy for curriculum support; a commitment to the integration of skills and knowledge; a negotiated approach to the specification of learning outcomes; a recognition of the importance of process issues; the development of a framework for applying learning; and an emphasis on the concept of reflective practice.

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Laughton, D. and Ottewill, R. (1998), "Laying foundations for effective learning from commissioned projects in business education", Education + Training, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 95-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400919810214551

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1998, MCB UP Limited

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