A study of inquiry-based learning in action: an example from a first-year marketing principles course

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Book chapter

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von der Heidt, 2014, 'A study of inquiry-based learning in action: an example from a first-year marketing principles course', in P Blessinger & JM Carfora (eds), Innovations in higher education teaching and learning: inquiry-based learning for the arts, humanities, and social sciences: a conceptual and practical resource for educators; vol. 2, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, pp. 243-276. ISBN: 9781784412371

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This chapter provides an interpretive account of how a large student cohort deals with a major inquiry-based learning (IBL) assessment task in a first-year Marketing Principles subject in undergraduate business studies. It offers a practical example of IBL in action in a discipline that has hitherto received little attention in the IBL literature, namely business, specifically marketing. The chapter positions IBL within the various contemporary pedagogies. The context of Hutchings and O’Rourke’s (2006) study of IBL in action is extended for first-year cohorts, technology-enhanced teaching and the marketing discipline. Further, Hutchings and O’Rourke’s four-part method for describing IBL in action is followed: (1) the enabling factors for the students’ work are described; (2) the process for which they decided on the task is discussed; (3) the method of work is considered, namely ongoing collaboration in a wiki and (4) the outcomes produced are discussed. The chapter reflects on the effects of the IBL task on student learning from both students’ and instructors’ points of view. Material from the students’ work and feedback after completion of the IBL task is used to illustrate the process and inform the interpretive account. The main lessons to be learnt for educators are summarised.