Films and critical pedagogy in management education: A tourism studies context

Maureen Ayikoru, Hyung Yu Park

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We examine and critically assess the role of films in the practice of critical pedagogy in undergraduate management education, by using tourism studies as a context. Utilizing online focus groups, we aim to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the role of films as effective pedagogical mediums in enhancing experiential approaches to learning. We argue that films play an important role in facilitating critical analyses of the phenomenon studied, illustrating and problematizing abstract concepts and ideas, as well as in facilitating students’ ability to discern multiple and alternative discourses about management. Our findings highlight the role of films in context-specific critical engagement with the content being delivered and in stimulating emotionality in learning development, thereby enhancing deep approaches to learning. Emotional responses, even negative ones, prove to be critical in engaging with intellectual and critical reflection after watching films. The findings yield new and empirical insights into the pedagogic use of films in management education, thereby contributing to some of the goals of critical management studies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Learning & Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019

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