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Enriching management learning with differentiated instruction

Jeffrey W. Alstete (LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
John P. Meyer (LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA)
Nicholas J. Beutell (LaPenta School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 5 January 2021

Issue publication date: 20 April 2021



The purpose of this study is to utilize an exploratory multiple-case design research method using three undergraduate management courses at a medium-sized private comprehensive college near a large metropolitan area in the USA.


This paper explores differentiated instruction in relation to experiential learning in management education by examining three teaching applications from different management courses to illustrate these concepts.


The use of differentiated instruction in management education is supported through varied approaches such as individual student and team-based scaffolding that demonstrate the applicability of differentiation. In addition to improving student learning, other benefits include improved student retention and faculty autonomy in course creation and delivery. The implementation involves a proactive response to learner needs informed by a faculty perspective that recognizes student diversity yet retains quality assurance standards with mindful assessment and planning.

Research limitations/implications

The comparatively small number of courses and instructional methods may make the specific findings and examples more relevant to the type of institution examined. Yet, the general conclusions and methods identified have potential implications for learners in a wide variety of colleges and universities.

Practical implications

Differentiated instruction may be a useful approach for enhancing learning in heterogenous groups of students by recognizing student readiness and making appropriate modifications.


This paper offers an exploratory overview of differentiated instruction with guidance for management faculty members in designing and implementing these approaches in their courses.



Alstete, J.W., Meyer, J.P. and Beutell, N.J. (2021), "Enriching management learning with differentiated instruction", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 640-654.



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