Creating New Knowledge in the Class Room

Posted in Human Resources Articles, Total Reads: 706 , Published on 05 February 2016
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Creating New Knowledge in the Class Room is one of the major challenges with organizations and institutions are facing. Large number of corporate scandals, employability gap and decrease in responsibility among today’s youth have shown that there is a lacuna in the present day curriculum. And the prescribed content in the curriculum has not reached the other end as intended. The two major factors responsible are substandard education and lack of moral and ethical values. B schools in particular have to keep this in mind since they manufacture managers.

Most of the MBA graduates are not employable. And they do not possess necessary skill sets required by employers. Among the three lakh management graduates produced in India every year hardly 35,000 are employable. Only 21 percent of the graduates produced by Business schools, other than the top 25 B-Schools of India, possess employability skills. And among these 21 percent whether the students have got right moral values is still uncertain. During our under graduation it is the subject which received the least importance not only form the students but also from the institutional curriculum “Professional Ethics and Human Values”. It is also expected that India could supply managers to European countries and Japan since these countries are facing a crunch. So managers produced in India also have prominent roles in many other countries. So it is important to design a better curriculum and ensure whether the content is delivered effectively as intended.


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A research says Japan, United Kingdom, Finland, Singapore and Canada topped the list of countries which have best educational system in the world. In two other researches these countries were also found to be the toppers in the list of least corrupt and most peaceful countries in the world. This surprising correlation between three independent researches strongly depicts something crucial.


In order to yield good fruits make changes in the genes of seeds. Students are the building blocks of nation and teachers are involved in the nation building process. An effective curriculum design and teaching methods should able to deliver two values to the students. One is competency for engaged thinking and another one is ethical decorum. A curriculum should be framed in such a way that a student can learn, assimilate, convert it into their own style and using the acquired knowledge they should be able to think two or three steps ahead. We could think of devising the curriculum by a panel consisting of Social activist, Psychologist, well experienced teachers and researchers.


It is overemphasised in the article “Bad Management Theories are Destroying Good Management Practices” by Sumantra Ghoshal that the business schools have freed their students from any sense of moral responsibility by preaching some amoral Management theories. Though it might happened unintentionally it has impacted almost all the graduates and executives in some sense or the other. Unlike the physical theories social sciences tend to be self-fulfilling. If a management theory gains sufficient currency it changes the behaviour of managers who start acting in accordance with the theory. And these morality could be eliminated by careful investigation of the syllabus and encouraging the students to question on the basic framework.


I have come across some innovative and effective methods of teaching which equipped the students to develop lateral thinking, self-learning and pursuit of innovation.


This exercise was given by Prof. Umesh Chandrasekar who taught us Business Environment. Students were given with an industrial sector and a basic frame work like Porter’s five forces model for analysis and they were prompted to explore and comment on the same and they were encouraged to write a blog on their analysis. He encouraged the students even to question the frame work. And we found it utile since it aided us to understand the frame work and an industrial sector together in a better way. And it also uncovers potential writers.


In another activity students were encouraged to discuss on several thought provoking topics like “Women’s contribution towards GDP is not measured properly in India” to nurture the lateral thinking among the students. These type of exercises are useful in developing nonlinear thinking among students. And in this activity he was performing a facilitator role. And gave hints for better progress of the discussion.


In an activity, the concept of motivation and ethical behaviour was dealt in one of the quirkiest ways by Dr. Manju P. George who taught us Organisational behaviour. After a series of emotionally impacting video clippings, that left quite a few students shaken, the students were asked to frame their own obituary columns. She also wanted the outcome to be an amalgamation of the events or persons whom the students would impact in life and in what way, traits and values that they wished to constantly demonstrate in their lives, till death. She dared them paint their own legacy in their own colours. The initial emotional upheaval soon transformed into a motivation, which will yield an ethical citizen with desired values. By making an individual self-aware of his purpose in life, this exercise ensures that they are guide on the path to success and a virtuous life. Such exercises should be incorporated and appreciated in present day curriculums.


Day by day generations become smarter and more competitive in nature. With the proper guidance, training and inputs they could become assets of a nation especially for a country like India. It is essential to ensure that they are provided with these things from their educational institution where majority of their learning happens. And it is also prime that they are not influenced by amoral theories. Healthy discussion should be encouraged among students and facilitated in a desired way by teachers. More emphasise has to be given for incorporating ethical and moral values among students. And a curriculum should be equipped in all dimension to make sure students better at non-linear thinking and the subject has been received as intended.


This article has been authored by Mohanavelu R & Pooja M R from PSG Institute of Management


Reference

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2. Alexader E.M. Hess, Michael B Sauter, Lisa A. Nelson. (2012, June 15). The Most (and Least) Peaceful Countries in the World. http://247wallst.com/special-report/2012/06/15/the-most-and-least-peaceful-countries-in-the-world/5/

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