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Finding meaning in management : work-inexperienced students' constructions of management

Thompson, Robert M., Finn, Fran A., & Best, Simon P. (2007) Finding meaning in management : work-inexperienced students' constructions of management. In 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 4-7 July 2007, Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

This study reveals how work-inexperienced first-year students’ conceptions of management changed across a semester. The study occurred in the context of a radical redesign of an introductory management unit. Forty-five participants responded to a survey twice during semester. Staff judgements of student development and engagement were included. The results suggest that (a) two fundamental conceptualisations of management underpinned student responses, (b) work-inexperienced students have some formal management concepts, (c) after the intervention, student conceptualisations of management reflected higher complexity, (d) compared with the beginning of semester, fewer negative conceptions of management were reported, (e) gender or cultural differences were not evident in the data. Our research design does not allow causal conclusions about the efficacy of this intervention. Nevertheless, we argue that more “real world” authentic learning experiences are likely to make a positive contribution to enhancing student conceptualisations of management.

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ID Code: 12425
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Students, Management, Constructions
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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