Enhancing conceptual understanding in international business students

Timeframe: 2011-2016

Introduction

Higher professional education students find graduation research very challenging. To succeed, they need conceptual understanding, which requires a clear and complete overview of relevant facts, theories and practices connected to a problem. Ultimately, graduates are expected to solve complex problems in professional practice, which also requires conceptual understanding.

Goal

Sue Ashley has studied methods to measure and enhance conceptual understanding. She has conducted her PhD research in the context of her own teaching practice at the Institute for International Business Studies with the aim of raising educational quality.

Results

The results of this research have been presented at scientific conferences, have been published in scientific journals, and will be published as a PhD dissertation. The research involves four studies: (1) defining conceptual understanding; (2) revealing conceptual understanding; (3) conceptual understanding development; and (4) fostering conceptual understanding development through knowledge-transforming writing.

Implementation

This research shows educational significance because it contributes to quality in higher professional education. Results are being used to enhance curricular effectiveness in International Business Studies at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Other information

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2016). Fostering development of conceptual understanding in higher education undergraduates through knowledge-transforming writing. Manuscript in voorbereiding.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2016). Conceptual understanding development of international business undergraduates in higher education. Manuscript ingediend voor publicatie.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2016, augustus). Bridging the gap between graduates and working professionals: Determining the development of conceptual understanding in international business students. Paper gepresenteerd op de 8ste EARLI (European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction) SIG 14 conferentie Learning and Professional Development, Regensburg, Duitsland. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2016, juli). Stimulating knowledge-transforming writing to foster conceptual understanding in international business students. Paper gepresenteerd op de 15e EARLI SIG 12 conferentie Writing, Liverpool, Groot-Brittannië. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2016). Revealing conceptual understanding of international business. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. Online voorpublicatie. doi:10.1080/02602938.2016.1178212. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (ter perse). Defining conceptual understanding for teaching in international business. Journal of Teaching in International Business. doi:10.1080/08975930.2015.1134378. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2014, augustus). Measuring conceptual understanding in international business students. Paper gepresenteerd op de 7e EARLI SIG 14 conferentie Learning and Professional Development, Oslo, Noorwegen. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2014, juni). Het meten van conceptueel begrip bij hbo-studenten International Business. Poster gepresenteerd op de ORD2014 (Onderwijs Research Dagen), Groningen. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2013, augustus). Defining conceptual understanding in the international business domain. Paper gepresenteerd op de JURE 2013 pre-conferentie van de 15e EARLI, München, Duitsland. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2013, mei). Het definiëren van conceptueel begrip in international business. Paper gepresenteerd op de ORD2013, Brussel, België. More information.

Ashley, S., Schaap, H., & De Bruijn, E. (2012, juni). Het meten van conceptueel begrip bij hbo-studenten Bedrijfsadministratie: Een exploratief methodologisch onderzoek. Paper gepresenteerd op de ORD2012, Wageningen. More information.

Experts involved

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Elly de Bruijn (HU Research Group Vocational Education & Utrecht University)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Harmen Schaap (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Vocational Education

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