Inquiry based Service-Learning and Business Education: A Case Study

Darshan DESAI & Rahul BEDI

ABSTRACT

Service-learning is an increasingly popular pedagogy designed to enrich academic learning with community service work. In the service-learning courses, generally, the students get opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge into real life situations through the community service projects. In this study, the authors argue that the service-learning pedagogy not only gives students the opportunities for knowledge application, but it can also provide students hands-on experiences in discovering new knowledge and deliver the professional consulting services. The authors use the case study research to explore effective use of inquiry based service-learning approach for business management courses, and how it can drive desired learning outcomes. The findings of this study provide important insights about how to effectively integrate inquiry based instruction with the service-learning pedagogy in the context of business education.

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