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ERIC Number: EJ859041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-16
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Disciplined Imagination: Art and Metaphor in the Business School Classroom
Ryman, Joel A.; Porter, Thomas W.; Galbraith, Craig S.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v10 n10 Mar 2009
Business schools frequently emphasize the importance of thinking "outside-the-box," and yet very few business students are actually challenged to do so in practice. This paper presents a pedagogical technique designed to foster creativity and imagination, while providing a deeper understanding of the concepts taught in a capstone business management course. The technique requires students to create and interpret an original work of art (visual, musical, or poetry) that symbolizes an important course concept. The metaphors utilized by students are examined using Morgan's (1986) metaphors of organizations as a framework. At the end of the project, students involved provided feedback by completing a survey of student attitudes and responding to a questionnaire. We conclude that using art and metaphor enriched the educational experience by both challenging students and promoting a deeper understanding of course material. (Contains 10 figures, 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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