Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

 

Authors

Blair Lord

Date of this Version

1988

Document Type

Article

Comments

To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, volume 7, 1988.

Abstract

In teaching junior and senior finance and insurance courses, courses which must be applied in their emphasis, I think it important to concentrate on developing problem solving skills. Sometimes this means solving straight-forward, technical problems. At other times I focus on more open-ended managerial or public policy problems. While not wanting to foster a "technical school" mentality, the career orientation of business disciplines makes it appropriate to focus on developing the students' ability to apply course material. An ancillary benefit from this orientation is that it nurtures problem solving and analytical skills generally.