The Quest and Create Experiential Exercise: Improving Academic Literacy in Human Resource Management

Authors

  • Rebecca Wyland University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Brent Opall University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Abstract

The Quest and Create Experiential Exercise enhances management literacy skills by increasing acceptance and willingness of evidence-based practice to make decisions in organizations. The exercise is effective in generating interest in scholarly works while increasing students’ ability to complete research “quests.”  The Quest and Create exercise utilizes the premise of Kolb’s experiential learning theory, creates familiarity with management concepts through the lens of empirical research, and builds skills in team problem-solving. As evidenced within the management classroom, the exercise increases efficacy in applying research to practice.  “Quest and Create” is designed to enhance academic literacy skills as members of student teams collaborate to complete, and later create, their own scavenger hunt for academic articles. Student teams also present their created scavenger hunt to a full class or group. Student feedback and sample templates are provided. Step-by-step instructions as well as alternative methods and supplemental materials are included.  The experiential activity is well-suited for all human resource management education, including training sessions, to help managers bridge the research-practice gap. “Quest and Create” is an active and effective way to expose students to human resource research material and informed decision-making.

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Published

2021-12-22

How to Cite

Wyland, R., Hanson-Rasmussen , N. ., & Opall, B. (2021). The Quest and Create Experiential Exercise: Improving Academic Literacy in Human Resource Management. Journal of Human Resources Education, 15(3/4), 1–20. Retrieved from https://journals.troy.edu/index.php/JHRE/article/view/320