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Drawing out critical conversations in the management classroom

Management education, arts-based learning, community of inquiry

Arts-based methods are of increasing interest to management educators and this activity can be used to support a community of inquiry in the virtual classroom. The activity commences by asking students to draw (using no words!) a managerial or workplace experience. Students then explain their drawing to a peer. The educator-led debrief focuses on disclosing the subjectivity of experience and then triggering a reflection of the cohort’s narratives against management theory. This thirty-minute activity, designed to initiate discussion of challenging aspects of management practice, cultivates social presence in the management classroom and reveals the subjectivity of organizational life.

Bronte van der Hoorn
University of Southern Queensland

S. Jon Whitty
University of Southern Queensland


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