Learning Centered Innovation in Management Education: Kolb’s ELT

By Shubhra Prateek Gaur, Gaurav Kohli and Kriti Khanna.

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The overall objective of this field study was to test the validity of Kolb’s experiential learning theory for possible application to management education. Two samples of post graduate management students were taken- one who had been explained their preferred learning styles and development stage, the impact of the same in determining their pedagogy preferences and the usefulness of moving up the stage (experimental group) and the second who could not be exposed to similar information (control group) because of certain circumstances within the management institute. The study was conducted in three phases for the experimental group. In the first phase of the study, the learning preferences of the group of students were identified using Kolb’s LSI; and their pedagogical preferences of and their perception of effectiveness of different pedagogies were identified with the help of a specially designed questionnaire. In the second phase of the study, the theory, data and its implications were shared with the experimental group before the course inputs were given. This was the independent variable manipulated in the field experiment. In the third phase of the study, a comprehensive test was administered about which they were informed in the first session of the course.
It was hypothesized that the stage of the experiential learning theory of growth and development will impact students’ pedagogical preferences and perception of effective pedagogies and that the stage of learning will impact the students’ actual learning, as assessed by the comprehensive test favorably. It was also hypothesized that the knowledge of the theory will have a favorable impact on their performance in the comprehensive test. The findings support the hypotheses related to the positive impact of learning stage and experimental manipulation on learning as assessed by the comprehensive test and thus provide implications for bringing about learning centered educational innovation.

Keywords: Learning Centered Innovation, Management Education, Kolb’s ELT

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp.185-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.268MB).

Dr. Shubhra Prateek Gaur

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Prof. Shubhra P Gaur (PhD Psychology, University of Allahabad) has taught at the Universities of Allahabad and Delhi and is currently a professor at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) in Organizational Behavior & HRM Area. She has work experience of 17 years. She has been visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Institute of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar, Academy of HRD and Mahatama Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmedabad. She has conducted development workshops for managers in industry, college teachers, school teachers, school principals and Block Health officers. She has published and presented papers in the areas of communication effectiveness, physical and psychological abuse among Indian women, work related stressors and adaptation patterns among women professionals, gender stereotypes as barriers to effective inter-gender communication and internal marketing for strategic human resource management. She has also done cross-cultural projects on gender-role expectations and socialization patterns with faculty from University of Maryland, USA. She has been Academic Committee Convener of MICA for two consecutive years 2005-07 and MICAT Chairperson for five (2005-09). She has also been the editor of MICA Research Review Series for 4 consecutive years (2003-07). Her teaching interests are Individual, Group and Organizational Dynamics, Human Resource Development, Emotional Intelligence, Gender Issues, Stress Management and Creativity. Her research interests are Impact of gender stereotypes on inter-gender communication at work place, Preventive Stress Management Interventions in top business organizations, Personal/Communication effectiveness in groups, Managerial effectiveness, Emotional intelligence, Values, Learning styles and Creativity.

Gaurav Kohli

Assistant Manager, Online Marketing, Rediff.com, Rediff, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Gaurav Kohli is an alumnus of MICA-India. With a degree in computer engineering and experience in the IT services industry, he has a keen interest in Information and Communication Technologies and new media, has presented research at the ICFAI International Conference on Management and written for USP Age, a publication for marketing communication professionals. He is presently Assistant Manager, Online Marketing, Rediff.com.

Kriti Khanna

Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Kriti Khanna is a final year student of PGDM(Communications) at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) in Ahmedabad (India) and MA in Global Communications at Ashcroft International Business School, Cambridge (UK). A computer-science engineer, she is interested in IMC and believes that interaction is the key to understand customer and employee needs.


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