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Learning through a student conference

Bergami, Roberto (2006) Learning through a student conference. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 6 (5). pp. 117-122. ISSN 1447-9524

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Abstract

Students entering the workforce are increasingly expected to possess an appreciation of contemporary issues and challenges facing industry. Over recent years the focus of teaching business students has incorporated different approaches designed to equip students with skills that industry expects them to have. One such approach has been through a student specific conference, the topic of this paper. The conference focus was to engage key industry and government entities in the international trade arena, as a way of enhancing students' knowledge and appreciation of current issues in this area and increase their "job ready" status. The conference was run as professional event for students, held away from their home study campus, outside normal semester teaching times and additional to their academic load, but linked to a specific compulsory subject in their undergraduate degree program. Additionally a small extra-curricular fee (to recover expenses) was levied to participants. This paper evaluates the learning experience of participating at this two-day student specific conference and concludes that such an event can provide students with a higher learning experience than in a similar period of classroom teaching.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: industry engagement, practical education
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
RFCD Classification > 340000 Economics
RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
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Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2009 17:40
Last Modified: 23 May 2011 06:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1775
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