What’s wrong with instrumental learning? The case of business and management

Ottewill, Roger (2003) What’s wrong with instrumental learning? The case of business and management. Education and Training, 45, (4), 189-196. (doi:10.1108/00400910310478111).


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Explores the nature and symptoms of instrumental attitudes to learning in higher education and the relationship between instrumental and expressive learning. Examines some of the causes of student instrumentality, particularly with respect to business and management, including the increasing emphasis on higher education’s contribution to economic reproduction; instrumental attitudes among tutors, with learner support being seen as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself; and an over-reliance on didactic methods of teaching. Suggests some remedies, such as giving due recognition to the affective dimension of education; using research to stimulate teaching; and the adoption of more creative approaches to learner support.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1108/00400910310478111
ISSNs: 0040-0912 (print)
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Keywords: learning, attitudes, management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 11095
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Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:22
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11095

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