Since the research push in academia after WW2, Business Schools have been building their reputation, respectability and authority through research. Academics are expected to publish frequently, which sets aside other considerations such as teaching & pedagogy. International rankings feed this constraint, by relying on criteria such as academic reputation, impact of research, percentage of faculty with PhD…
In order to efficiently groom future generations to the realities of tomorrow, we need to give significantly more weight to teaching methods (pedagogy).
How well students learn should be at least as important — if not more — as how many papers are published each year.
Pedagogy has been an outsider to the system for way too long. It has been put aside over the years, resulting in professors relying mostly on the top down lectures, during which students are more inclined to stay passive recipients of knowledge rather than active participants.
Today, cognitive sciences have demonstrated that the human brain learns best in an active setting — when synapses build connections within our brains. When we do things, when we create, when we are actively engaged in the learning process — that’s when the process reaches its optimal efficiency.
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Caryn became AACSB’s new president and CEO in June 2020. She most recently served as the seventh dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.