Improvisation As An Innovative Pedagogy in Business and Management Education
What is it about?
Teaching a business class is analogous to performing in a show. Part of it can be scripted and thoroughly rehearsed and prepared (e.g., PowerPoint slides and pre-recorded videos, etc.), though improvisation when unscripted and uncertain incident occurs is inevitable in order to keep the show going. Similar to performing, teaching involves both art and science. Through five frames as lenses using the "Yes, and..." principle of improv, we present an outside-of-the-box perspective to examining innovative ways to interact with and engage our students in active learning and critical thinking.
Why is it important?
Business leaders and managers often need to make difficult and timely decisions when there is only partial and/or one-sided information available as consequences are in sight. While fixed-paced, didactic lecturing continues as the dominant pedagogical approach in business classrooms primarily due to ease of assessing learning outcomes in solving relatively well-defined problems, it is not sufficient to foster active learning and critical thinking. This paper provides an innovative approach through performing improv to engage the students to share the ownership of the learning experience with the teacher.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Roger Yin and Professor Jon M Werner
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