Management students as consultants: A strategy for service-learning in management education.

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The educational landscape is changing at a rapid pace. As a result, institu­tions of higher learning are experiencing what Bilimoria (1998) has termed a diasporic shift in the expectations of, and demands on, the pedagogies employed. This shift challenges universities and colleges to expand their resource pool - to offer students educational experiences beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. Service-learning provides a framework for univer­sity administrators and faculty members to ground students' educational experiences in rigorous, text-based coursework while moving student learn­ing beyond the classroom and into the community.
The goal of this chapter is to provide management faculty with a frame­work for extending student learning into the community via the integration of service-learning into the curriculum. The format fo_r this integration is best labeled "student as consultant." According to this format, management students engage in real-world, concrete, professional, semester-long con­sulting experiences designed to enhance concepts and skills learned in the classroom. I call this perspective the "exposure and understanding" argu­ment for service-learning integration (Kenworthy 1999). This perspective exposes students to real-world issues in their local communities (e.g. , home­lessness, violence, poverty) and then challenges them to think through the complexities of these issues, their short- and long-term implications, and the potential for business/community partnerships capable of addressing them. Whereas all service-learning courses are designed to engage students in real-world service experiences, the service-learning pedagogy described in this chapter is designed specifically to expand students' views of business and their roles as future business professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking for the Common Good: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Management
EditorsPaul C. Godfrey, Edward T. Grasso
PublisherAmerican Association for Higher Education
ISBN (Print)1-56377-021-0
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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