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ERIC Number: EJ922211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Enhancing Deep Learning: Lessons from the Introduction of Learning Teams in Management Education in France
Borredon, Liz; Deffayet, Sylvie; Baker, Ann C.; Kolb, David
Journal of Management Education, v35 n3 p324-350 Jun 2011
Drawing from the reflective teaching and learning practices recommended in influential publications on learning styles, experiential learning, deep learning, and dialogue, the authors tested the concept of "learning teams" in the framework of a leadership program implemented for the first time in a top French management school ("Grande Ecole"). Qualitative feedback and personal observations on the implementation and outcomes of using this new learning paradigm reveal that although the steps from teaching to learning initially tested for MBA students in the United States are widely accepted, there were unexpected obstacles and opportunities in setting up the model in France. Some of these differences can be attributed to culture, particularly to immensely different educational philosophies that shape attitudes and norms within French classrooms and to the notion of learning itself, which is normalized by the social expectations of careers in management forged in French history. This article provides the theoretical basis of the particular learning model tested, describes the conditions within which it was implemented in one French "Grande Ecole," and reports unexpected obstacles and favorable outcomes of the teaching/learning experiences from a cross-cultural perspective. The authors conclude with recommendations on implementing learning models across cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France