Active learning as a beyond‐the‐classroom strategy to improve university students’ career adaptability

Tracy Hui, Sam S.S. Lau*, Mantak Yuen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Geopolitical changes worldwide, together with rapid advances in technology, have created a situation where an individual’s working life can present many new challenges. Helping students develop the attitudes and skills necessary to adapt to constant change along a career path has become a priority in education. Developing this career adaptability is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of democracy, the economy, justice, human values, and equality. The authors of this paper argue that to improve the quality of our education system in universities, active learning should play a more important role to enrich the typical lecturing–learning processes. The aim of the study reported here was to examine the impact from implementing a 3‐month active learning program that took university students beyond the classroom to increase their career adaptability and self‐esteem and to strengthen their meaning in life. A mixed‐method approach was adopted and conducted in two phases with 119 undergraduate students in human resources management at a university in Hong Kong. Findings suggested a significant improvement in career adaptability of the students after participating in the program when compared to a control group. However, data did not indicate any significant change in self‐esteem and meaning in life in the training group. The findings support the valuable role of active learning as a strategy to enhance students’ career adaptability in a changing but sustainable world of employment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6246
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

User-Defined Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Career adaptability
  • Hong Kong
  • Human resources management
  • University students
  • University teaching

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