Evaluation of the Work-Integrated Learning Methodology: Teaching Marketing through Practitioner Experience in the Classroom
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AuthorCasado Aranda, Luis Alberto; Sánchez Fernández, Juan; Montoro Ríos, Francisco Javier; Arias Horcajadas, María Isabel
Work-Integrated learningMarketingProfessional experiences brought into the classroomUniversityMotivationInterest
Casado-Aranda, L.-A... [et al.]. Evaluation of the Work-Integrated Learning Methodology: Teaching Marketing through Practitioner Experience in the Classroom. Mathematics 2021, 9, 2164. [https://doi.org/10.3390/math9172164]
SponsorshipJunta de Andalusia B-SEJ-220-UGR18; Fundacion Ramon Areces CISP18A6208; Teaching Innovation Project PIBD Basic I of the UGR 20-45
The teaching methodology in university marketing subjects has traditionally been based on “lecture classes”, which have proved to be insufficient for providing students with professional skills that can be directly applied in the workplace. This research aims to reduce this gap between the university and business by applying the active teaching methodology of work-integrated learning (WIL), which consists of providing students with knowledge and experiences directly from professionals that are invited to the classroom. We evaluated the effects of the WIL methodology on university students in a marketing degree course through self-administered questionnaires. During a semester, perceived personal, academic, and professional outcomes were assessed in two groups of students of the same module, one of which participated in the WIL program (i.e., they received lectures by professional marketing experts who were invited to the classroom and explained, through real examples, the content of the subject being taught), and the other served as a control (i.e., they learned the content only through traditional lectures from the college instructor). The results revealed that the students who took part in the WIL program experienced increased motivation, enjoyment, and interest in the subject. Furthermore, they had an increased understanding and acquisition of the concepts, as well as a greater perceived ability to manage companies and a comprehension of the economic environment. These findings constitute an advance because they identify the benefits of applying WIL in knowledge fields where the acquisition of professional skills is crucial for graduates’ entry into the labor market.