Integration of Active Learning with Leadership Styles

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  • Title: Integration of Active Learning with Leadership Styles: Teaching of Ethics and Laws Related to Tourism and Hospitality Industries
  • Author(s): Rungnapha Khamung , Po Siu Hsu
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Organization Studies
  • Journal Title: Organizational Cultures: An International Journal
  • Keywords: Active Learning, Leadership Style, Teaching Paradigm, Participative Leadership, Autocratic Leadership, Laissez-faire Leadership
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 2327-8013 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-932X (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-8013/CGP/v17i04/1-19
  • Citation: Khamung, Rungnapha , and Po Siu Hsu. 2017. "Integration of Active Learning with Leadership Styles: Teaching of Ethics and Laws Related to Tourism and Hospitality Industries." Organizational Cultures: An International Journal 17 (4): 1-19. doi:10.18848/2327-8013/CGP/v17i04/1-19.
  • Extent: 19 pages

Abstract

This study integrates active learning with leadership styles to the campus-teaching environment. The teacher intentionally introduced active learning methods and a specific leadership style into each case study, transforming an ethics and laws class into a fun learning environment. Students gained educational experience and expanded leadership capability to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas. The objectives of this study were to investigate how active learning and leadership styles were going to help in the teaching of tourism and hospitality industry classes, to implement leadership attributes in the active learning environment, and to develop a teaching paradigm with practical strategies of active learning and leadership styles in higher education. The instructor presented a series of active learning methods and conducted three leadership case studies. To gather data, this study used post-study surveys. In these studies, there were two sections of ethics and laws related to tourism and hospitality industry classes. Leadership is a social influence process, whose attributes promotes learning and develops personal styles. A teacher can fully utilize this trait along with active learning methods to influence students’ motivation and aspiration and to improve the learning environment. The results of this study indicated positively that the participative leadership style along with active learning can create transparent learning relationships, encourage collaborative teamwork, improve students’ self-confidence, and affect learning outcomes.