Dyer, S. L., & Hurd, F. (2016). ‘What’s going on?’ Developing reflexivity in the management classroom: From surface to deep learning and everything in between. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 15(2), 287–303. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2014.0104
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‘What’s going on?’ Within the context of our critically-informed teaching practice, we see moments of deep learning and reflexivity in classroom discussions and assessments. Yet, these moments of criticality are interspersed with surface learning and reflection. We draw on dichotomous, linear developmental, and messy explanations of learning processes to empirically explore the learning journeys of 20 international Chinese and 42 domestic New Zealand students. We find contradictions within our own data, and between our findings and the extant literature. We conclude that expressions of surface learning and reflection are considerably more complex than they first appear. Moreover, developing critical reflexivity is a far more subtle, messy, and emotional experience than previously understood. We present the theoretical and pedagogical significance of these findings when we consider the implications for the learning process and the practice of management education.
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