ERIC Number: EJ1151278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
It's a Puzzle: A Self-Organizing Activity
McCollum, Janet; Barber, Catherine R.
Management Teaching Review, v2 n3 p166-178 Sep 2017
Helping students connect abstract concepts to concrete situations is often a challenge. Students who are unable to make the basic connections are at risk of spending the semester and beyond misunderstanding key points and their application. In this article, we provide a framework that includes debriefing, bridge building, and assimilation to help mitigate the challenge of making the abstract, concrete. We use "It's a Puzzle," a fast-paced group activity based on principles of experiential learning theory, to illustrate how we use this framework to help students understand and apply self-organization concepts to concrete situations. "It's a Puzzle" provides participants with an opportunity to experience self-organization as a group, to reflect on the self-organizing interaction from the perspective of self and group, and to apply the learning experience to self-organization concepts. We have successfully used this activity as an introduction to self-organization at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Descriptors: Group Activities, Experiential Learning, Business Administration Education, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Reflection, Student Behavior, Organization
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Education Level: Higher Education
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