ERIC Number: ED337083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Characteristics of Interactive Learning Environments in Business Management Courses.
Nicastro, Mary L.
This study sought to develop theoretical propositions for the institutional, course, instructor, and student characteristics of the learning environment where interactive learning techniques are used in college-level business courses. Using an interpretive case study method with examination of documents, observations of instructors and students, and interviews with instructors and students, three courses were studied: a principles-level accounting course for undergraduate students in a business administration and economics department, a graduate-level Business and Society course taught to first-year business school students enrolled part-time in an evening course, and a principles-level marketing course taught to non-traditional adult students in a Continuing Education Program. The results yielded a set of institutional, course, instructor, and student characteristics consistent with interactive learning and representing a shift from the traditional passive-learner model. Results point to a humanistic approach where learning is interactive, student motivation is intrinsic, and instructors believe students are motivated and can assume responsibility for learning. Included are recommendations for practice, aimed at administrators and instructors, and recommendations for further research. (JB)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Case Studies, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interaction, Learning, Learning Modalities, Learning Theories, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
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