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Developing a teaching restaurant as an R&D&I environment

Developing a teaching restaurant as an R&D&I environment Purpose – The aim of this paper is to explore how a teaching restaurant could be developed as an internal research (R), development (D) and innovation (I) environment based on the ideas of the students and the teachers. Design/methodology/approach – Theoretical framework is composed of constructivist pedagogy. The four types of internal environments, namely learning, development, research, and innovation are described. A case organization's pedagogical model of Learning by Developing is illustrated. Empirical data were collected by utilizing a sentence completion method from the students and the teachers at the case teaching restaurant. Findings – The empirical results illustrated that a teaching restaurant could be developed from the viewpoints of all four environments. However, the students and the teachers do not necessarily perceive a great difference between the aforementioned environments. Furthermore, the students identify more innovative research, development, and innovation (R&D&I) opportunities when compared to the teachers. The socio‐cultural constructivist pedagogy was emphasized in the form of team work. Practical implications – When developing a teaching restaurant, both the students’ and teachers’ ideas could be collected. Also both cognitive and socio‐cultural constructivist pedagogy proved applicable. Originality/value – A teaching restaurant offers possibilities for constructive learning, R&D&I which can be applied to skills, processes, and services for both individual students and students as team members. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Emerald Publishing

Developing a teaching restaurant as an R&D&I environment

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-3896
DOI
10.1108/HESWBL-01-2012-0002
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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to explore how a teaching restaurant could be developed as an internal research (R), development (D) and innovation (I) environment based on the ideas of the students and the teachers. Design/methodology/approach – Theoretical framework is composed of constructivist pedagogy. The four types of internal environments, namely learning, development, research, and innovation are described. A case organization's pedagogical model of Learning by Developing is illustrated. Empirical data were collected by utilizing a sentence completion method from the students and the teachers at the case teaching restaurant. Findings – The empirical results illustrated that a teaching restaurant could be developed from the viewpoints of all four environments. However, the students and the teachers do not necessarily perceive a great difference between the aforementioned environments. Furthermore, the students identify more innovative research, development, and innovation (R&D&I) opportunities when compared to the teachers. The socio‐cultural constructivist pedagogy was emphasized in the form of team work. Practical implications – When developing a teaching restaurant, both the students’ and teachers’ ideas could be collected. Also both cognitive and socio‐cultural constructivist pedagogy proved applicable. Originality/value – A teaching restaurant offers possibilities for constructive learning, R&D&I which can be applied to skills, processes, and services for both individual students and students as team members.

Journal

Higher Education, Skills and Work-based LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 27, 2013

Keywords: Education; Employability; Research and development; Teaching innovations; Pedagogical research; Learning environments; Cognitive constructivism; Teaching restaurant; HE curriculum; Work

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