SPROUTS HOME | FIRST TIME VISITORS | ABOUT | BOARD | GUIDE for AUTHORS | FAQ |CONTACT US
sprouts Login | Create Account AIS
Working Papers on Information Systems ISSN 1535-6078
Browse by: Year | Tag | Author | Organization | Proceedings
Advanced search

Closing the Generation Gap between Youth, Business School and Business through Learning-by-Sharing Combining Academic Rigor and Practical Relevance

Thomas Thijssen
Via Nova Academy, Netherlands
W. Gijselaers
University of Maastricht, Netherlands


Abstract
The main problem addressed in this study is the gap between youth and older generations in business and business schools. By overlooking youth digital literacy it is claimed that both business schools and businesses are ill prepared for educating and training future youth. The gap between business and business schools is described based on current research (Gosling & Mintzburg, 2003; Bennis & O’Toole, 2005). The gap between youth and older generations in business is described and explained through a case description (Thijssen, 2006) from business practice. The purpose of the research is to make business schools aware of the gaps between youth culture and business in terms of digital literacy, youth culture and learning styles. Recommendations are formulated (Veen, 2004) to gather knowledge about youth digital literacy and steps to close the gaps identified. The methodology of the study is a hybrid research approach between literature study and action research in the field of learning (Thijssen, 2006). Finally a new eclectic learning model Learning-by-Sharing (Thijssen, Maes & Vernooij, 2002; Maes, 2003: Huizing, Maes & Thijssen, 2007; Thijssen, Vernooij & Stein, 2007) is presented as a constructivist and collaborative learning approach between students, teachers, researchers and practitioners. The Learning-by-Sharing model can be seen as an operationalisation of new learning requirements. Thereby breaking the boundaries between generations and between business schools and business. Implications and recommendations for shaping future education and training for youth are formulated.

Full Text Document:
[img]
Preview
PDF 356Kb
Reference:Thijssen, J.P.T., Gijselaers, W. (2007). "Closing the Generation Gap between Youth, Business School and Business through Learning-by-Sharing Combining Academic Rigor and Practical Relevance," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 7(3). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/7-3
Keywords:Academic Rigor, Practical Relevance, Digital Literacy, Youth, Generation Gap and Gap between Business and Business School, Innovation, Learning-by-Sharing
Item Type:Article - Volume 7 Article 3 (2007)
Language:English
Email: Thomas Thijssen (Hamint@wxs.nl)
W. Gijselaers (W.Gijselaers@EDUC.unimaas.nl)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=389

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Show Tags

Tag this item: