Vocationalizing Event Management Degrees

Sealy, Wendy (2018) Vocationalizing Event Management Degrees. Event Management: An International Journal, 22 (3). pp. 469-482. ISSN 1525-9951

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Abstract

This paper evaluates an approach to teaching and assessment that deviates from the norm in Higher Education. It assesses graduating students’ experiences with the BA (Hons) Event Management degree at a post 1992 university in the United Kingdom. Instead of writing a thesis students stage a complex but sophisticated live event as partial fulfilment for their honours degree. The methodology was underpinned by an interpretivist philosophy with 3 graduating cohorts of 2012/13/14 participating in the research. The findings highlighted positive outcomes related to skills development and wider operational issues that affected student learning. The majority of students were satisfied with the overall degree outcomes but anxiety and fear about the assessment objectives, client idiosyncrasies and demands; and, the fact that event management is hard work was perceived negatively by some students and as flaws with the university and client organisations. The findings precipitated changes to how students are supported on live event projects and to the collaborative relationships between clients and the university.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Departments > Business School
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Depositing User: Wendy Sealy
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 11:02
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 08:03
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2760

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