Perceptions of Integrated Experiential Learning of Graduate Marketing Students

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Raghava R Gundala
Mandeep Singh
T. Kathleen Cochran

Abstract

Experiential learning projects have become a mainstay of a multitude of undergraduate business courses as they allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world issues. At the graduate level, the use of case studies is a primary teaching method, but one cannot fail to notice an increase in the interest and use of experiential learning projects and assignments. However, as more emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory across the marketing curricula, buttressed by accrediting agencies, the need for incorporating these experiential learning projects has become an integral part of many university curricula at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

 

While the inclusion of these projects has been in practice for some time, the ideal addition to these experiential elements is restricted to a single course. This study examines the impact of including an experiential learning project that was framed across two graduate courses for an individual client. This study adds to the existing knowledge by using a unique integrative approach, across two separate graduate marketing courses, providing students with a progressive real world experience over an extended period of consulting interaction and time. Student perceptions associated with the efficacy of this extended experiential learning exercise are also furnished.

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Gundala, R., Singh, M., & Cochran, T. K. (2018). Perceptions of Integrated Experiential Learning of Graduate Marketing Students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(2), 74-89. https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v18i2.22498
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Raghava R Gundala, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Associate Professor of Marketing

Department of Business

College of Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and Management

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Adjunct Faculty

Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business

Trinidad and Tobago

Mandeep Singh, Western Illinois University

Professor of Marketing

College of Business and Technology

T. Kathleen Cochran, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Professor of Retailing

Department of Business

College of Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics and Management