A ‘sensitising’ perspective on understanding students' learning experiences in case studies

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The use of case studies in teaching is a common pedagogical approach in business and management education. Despite its prominent role in business schools, there is a longstanding debate between advocates and detractors over its usefulness in educating management and business students. In fact, evidence remains unclear as to whether students find case studies useful in their learning experiences. Drawing on the concept of sensitising in student engagement (SE) research, this paper aims to understand student's learning experiences in the case-based teaching environment in terms of four factors: learning agency, learning success, learning well-being and learning social justice. Based on classroom observations and in-depth interviews with international postgraduate students studying in the UK, the findings provide new insights into the usefulness of case studies in management teaching and lead to a number of research avenues to further examine the interrelationships identified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100615
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Management Education
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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Funding Information:
This research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council ( ES/W005611/1 ).

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  • Business education
  • Case studies
  • Student engagement
  • Student voice

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