Assessing Reflective Learning: A Qualitative Approach
Reflective learning methods include learning journals, papers, case discussions and experiential learning. Although ubiquitous, many management educators fail to appreciate the complexity of the underlying phenomenon, the range of potential student outcomes or how pedagogical methods relate to student learning outcomes. Participants will explore Mezirow's concept of reflective thinking and Peltier et al.'s (2005) new quantitative instrument for assessing learning outcomes. Authors' research findings suggest new ways of conceptualizing and choosing reflective learning methods to achieve desired outcomes.
Undergraduate and graduate educators who use reflective learning methods, who would like to explore how to design such methods more consciously and/or are interested the use of a quantitative instrument to assess reflective learning outcomes.
Participants will explore current concepts of reflective learning and the range of reflective learning methods used in the classroom. They will be introduced to a survey instrument for measuring outcomes of those methods based on Mezirow's (1991) transformational learning concepts for adult learners. The current findings of an assessment research project will be explored along with potential uses for future projects. Participants can expect to improve their design skills for (1) using reflective learning methods in their pedagogy and (2) conceiving and implementing simple and powerful assessment projects.
Richard A. (Denny) Kernochan. Assistant Professor, Department of Management, California State University Northridge. Research interests: strategy implementation and reflective learning, especially how people connect theory and experience. Teaching: management, strategic management and management internships. Profession experience: multi-media design, advertising, banking and consulting in Paris, Tehran, Istanbul, Casablanca, New York and Los Angeles.
Wayne Smith is completing his doctoral studies at Claremont Graduate University in the School of Information Systems and Technology. He has published papers concerning strategic management, knowledge discovery in databases, and telecommunications; taught various management, MIS and accounting courses at UC Irvine, CSUN and Santa Monica College; been a management consultant and administrator of information technology activities at a number of major organizations.