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ERIC Number: EJ1140138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-7394
Learning from Experience: From Case-Based Teaching to Experience-Based Learning
van der Steen, Martijn; Van Twist, Mark; Frissen, Paul
Teaching Public Administration, v35 n1 p105-125 Mar 2017
Senior-level civil servants can learn a lot from methods such as theory-lectures and case-teaching, but there is another resource of knowledge and insight that can be utilized more for teaching public administration: the professional experience of participants in training programmes. This paper argues that it is possible to use the professional experience of participants in training programmes as didactical building blocks for training. This helps participants to overcome the divide between theory and practice, which is a recurring theme in the debate about how to design good education programmes for seasoned practitioners that work in the continuously developing "real world" of public administration. However, apart from teaching there is yet another possibility to utilize the practical experience of participants in executive education. To further develop the field of public administration research it is possible to also use the "professional practice" that is opened up by "education programmes" as a basis for "research." The classroom of public administrating training then also becomes a space for interpretative research in public administration. Education and research are often considered worlds apart that only come together when theory from research is taught in education. In this paper, we present a format that intertwines education and research, by using the professional experiences of practitioners as the building block for training "and" for interpretative public administration research. In doing so, this didactical format, which we call "learning atelier," turns the classroom in to a place for learning, a place of practice and a place for research.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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