Applying a constructivist approach to the teaching business ethics and sustainable development: case study

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List of Authors: Olga Dziubaniuk, Monica Nyholm
Place: Universidad Católica de Valencia, Calle de Guillem de Castro, 94, 46001 València
Publication year: 2019
Book title: Applying a constructivist approach to the teaching business ethics and sustainable development: case study
Title of series: EBEN 32nd Annual Conference


Issues of teaching ethics and sustainable development
to business students is not a new concern but they have to be addressed
systematically due to the rapidly changing business environment. The premises
of sustainability and ethical business management counterpose the conventional
premises of neoclassical thinking about markets and introduce best practices of
responsible business management. This paper aims to contribute to the
development of effective methods for teaching sustainability and business
ethics, relevant to the modern demand for student`s skills and knowledge about
sustainable practices. This research explores the challenges of teaching a university
undergraduate level course “Sustainable business” and argues that a constructivist
pedagogy is a suitable epistemological approach for designing a course unit
concerning sustainability and ethics as it is grounded on the premises of
knowledge co-creation and developing creative thinking through a combination of
practical “learning by doing” and conceptual understanding. This paper presents
findings drawn upon course feedback and course reflection essays aimed to make
sense of what are the most effective pedagogic approaches that influenced
students’ learning. Results indicate that students appreciate active forms of
learning via practical assignments and discussions. As knowledge of sustainability
and business ethics is important for the student’s future career path, students
need to develop skills of applying conceptual knowledge to practice via
constructive pedagogic methods.


Business ethics, constructivism, Education for Sustainable Development, Sustainable development

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