Teaching and Evaluating Research Skills
28 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 30, 2015
We present a method to analyze the relation between faculty wide intended learning and concomitant achieved learning outcomes empirically. The method is applied to the Master of Science in Business Administration (MSc BA) program of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) of the University of Groningen. Intended learning is measured from the students’ exposure to seven research aspects taught according to course specific learning goals. The achieved learning outcomes are derived from the grades that the FEB professors gave on these research aspects when grading the students’ final Master theses. We find that the intended learning of the research aspects in the MSc BA program does mainly benefits students with no previous Bachelor of Science background at the FEB. We expect that our method may also be relevant for accreditation committees/managers of other Business Schools. Moreover, the results of this method may be interesting for professors who teach -- or intend to teach -- research skills.
Keywords: analyzing teaching outcomes, intended learning outcomes, AACSB, research
JEL Classification: A23
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