Teaching methods: study and results in several modules of business studies

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Title: Teaching methods: study and results in several modules of business studies
Authors: De-Juan-Vigaray, María D. | López García, Juan José | Peris, Josep E. | Yáñez Muñoz, Leonardo | Martínez Mora, Carmen | Cuevas Casaña, Joaquim | Posadas García, José Adolfo | Vallés Amores, María Luisa
Research Group/s: Investigación+Docencia+innovación: plus (Idoi:plus) | Métodos Cuantitativos para la Economía
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Marketing | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Organización de Empresas | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Economía Financiera y Contabilidad | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado | Universidad de Valencia. Departamento de Análisis Económico | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Derecho Civil
Keywords: Assessment | Teaching methods | Module guide | Business studies
Knowledge Area: Marketing | Organización de Empresas | Fundamentos del Análisis Económico | Economía Financiera y Contabilidad | Economía Aplicada | Historia Económica | Derecho Civil
Date Created: Jul-2010
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: IATED
Citation: JUAN VIGARAY, María Dolores de, et al. "Teaching methods: study and results in several modules of business studies". En: Edulearn10 proceedings [Recurso electrónico] : International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, 5-7 July 2010. Barcelona : IATED, 2010. ISBN 978-84-613-9386-2
Series/Report no.: COM | Ce_0001
Abstract: This work was carried out throughout three academic years (2006/07, 2007/08, and 2008/09) within the context of assessment of teaching methods, following the implementation of new Module Guides in several modules representative of the programme in Business Studies of the University of Alicante. The aim of this study was to analyse the results obtained after the implementation, and later amendment, of these Guides. The results were contrasting: they were highly promising, with high and growing success rates in some modules, whereas other modules showed the opposite tendency. Instructors applied a range of teaching methods. We draw attention to the fact that methods focused on the students seem to help them to learn better, they bring about a higher level of significant learning, and are more adequate to encourage memorisation and transfer of knowledge than teaching methods focused on the instructors. The transfer of experience of several modules (core, compulsory, and optional) in the three years of the programme in Business Studies gained through this study has proved that the level of students’ commitment to their own learning process has increased significantly, which has allowed their conceptual, procedural, and attitudinal skills to improve. With respect to the results, firstly, we found a group of modules in the first and second year (we called this group G1), which students must take to obtain their degree, where classes were large, there were several classes, and it was not possible to apply the methodology equally in all of them. The results showed a certain improvement regarding the previous academic year. Secondly, it is worth mentioning a year 3 module (group G2) that, although it was compulsory, had a small class, and obtained considerably better results: 100% of the students that sat the examination in the January exams period passed the module. Thirdly, another group of modules (group G3) included optional year 3 modules, whose results are not easily interpreted. Particularly, the adaptation of the modules to the number of registered students, and the workload, consequence of the varied teaching methods applied during the academic year 2007/08, brought about worse-than-expected results. Finally, we observed that teaching in the field of Business Studies is based on a combination of activities that use diverse typologies of methods appropriate to each type of module. The core teaching methods are didactic (lectures, directed reading, practical classes, keynote speeches, and seminars) complemented with case studies, problem-solving exercises, and individual or group independent research.
Sponsor: The International Association for Technology, Education and Development (IATED).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/17373
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Peer Review: si
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