Critical Thinking and Organisation Theory: Embedding a Process to Encourage Graduate Capabilities

French, Erica L. & Tracey, Noel P. (2008) Critical Thinking and Organisation Theory: Embedding a Process to Encourage Graduate Capabilities. In International Conference on Learning and Teaching (TIC 2008), 4 – 5 August 2008, Malaysia.

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Developing effective business curricula that meets the needs of the marketplace has seen a rise in the development of core competencies lists identifying appropriate skills. Many organisations and tertiary institutions have individual graduate capabilities lists including skills deemed essential for success. Skills recognised as 'critical thinking' are the most popular inclusions on core competencies and graduate capability lists. While there is literature outlining 'critical thinking' frameworks and methods of teaching it and calls for its integration into business curricula, few studies actually identify quantifiable improvements achieved in this area. This project sought to address the development of 'critical thinking' skills in a management degree program by embedding a process for critical thinking within a theory unit undertaken by students early in the program. Focus groups and a student survey were used to identify issues of both content and implementation and to develop a student perspective on their needs in thinking critically. A process utilising a framework of critical thinking was integrated through a workbook of weekly case studies for group analysis, discussions and experiential exercises. The experience included formative and summative assessment. Early results indicate a greater valuation by students of their experience in the organisation theory unit; better marks for mid semester essay assignments and higher evaluations on the university administered survey of students.

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ID Code: 15366
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Critical Thinking, Organisation Theory, Graduate Capabilities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:38

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