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Transfer of experiential and innovative teaching methods for business education

The Lisbon European Council in March 2000 set a strategic goal for Europe to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. The Lisbon conclusions stressed the central role of education and training as the main instrument to increase human capital. Most of the managers are only partially satisfied with the training of the employees. The main reason why employers consider training as not sufficiently effective is - lack of Training institutions capable to carry out effective training; Inability to apply new knowledge in practice; lack of employee interest, etc. Analyzing so far available materials and good practises of a number of training providers the most effective methods for diminishing the gap between theory and practise is “Case” teaching method, used by a number best known schools all over the world. However case teaching method is still an innovation to be transferred to CEEC.The specific project aim was to embed case teaching method within Consortium business education through enhancing trainers’ competencies to write and teach using case method.Overall aim was – to transfer and develop experiential and innovative teaching methods contributing to the quality of business education.The objectives of the project were: • To assess the actual competence of the selected trainers for case writing and teaching.• To train 30 trainers on case writing• To develop 6 cases on business development identified topics (finally 14 case studies were developed),• To develop case teaching notes and pilot 6 developed cases training a group of managers on Business development (finally 14 case studies were developed, teseted and revised).• To amend the 6 cases according to the feedback after the pilot training (finally 14 case studies were developed)• To develop the textbook and an article on case writing and teaching• Disseminate results of the project in 2 international conferencesTarget groups of the project were: direct - educators & trainers dealing with business education. Indirect target group were managers.The beneficiariesw were: Educators and trainers, enterprises, trainer training institutions, training providers, and students.Partners by their professional experience represented Elmfield House Associates, UK – case writing, teaching expertise. ISM University of Management and Economics, LT - Business University as institution transferring the innovative teaching methods to the adult education, Navigator Consultancy, UK – field research for data collection within enterprises, as well as representative of the enterprises for contributing for the development and piloting case method. Partners have professional trainer training, management education, research, case writing and teaching as well as dissemination experience and are proficient in project management. The project results are: 30 trained trainers, 14 cases in English, Polish and Lithuanian languages, textbook for case writing and teaching, one article in the International Magazine as well as 2 international conferences. The project duration was 24 month.

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