The Effective Use of Photoessays in the Teaching of Leadership Courses

By Musarrat Khan.

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Leadership is a complex phenomenon. Developing leadership capabilities is a major challenge for the educational institutions and the corporate world as well. This has led to the initiation of many researchers focusing on developing innovative teaching techniques that can enhance students learning capabilities in leadership courses. The focus of this study is to develop a teaching tool “Photoessay” that can be used to improve students learning and knowledge sharing in the context of leadership. Photoessays are a group of photos tied together by a common theme. The theme of this paper is based on Ng’s (2006) work “photoessays in the teaching of marketing,” published in the Journal of Marketing Education. Based on Ng’s work this study constructed photoessays and presented to the selected students of MBA class to find out their learning on the assigned topic. Action research approach was chosen to construct photoessays to achieve the purpose of this study. Through this approach the construction of photoessays helped to integrate the theory with practice. Two groups of MBA students with the total population of 65 were selected to test the proposition of this paper. These students were involved both in the photoessays construction and in its elicitation sessions. Photoessays consisting of the photo images and a brief story of each leader was presented to the students. It was followed by thought provoking questions on transformational and servant leadership. This was a one time presentation in a 3-hour class. Group-1 was of 40 MBA students of one class section with almost negligible work experience and an academic background of high-school education from the private schools system. Group-2 was of 25 MBA students of another class section also with almost negligible work experience but an academic background of high-school education from public/government schools system. The results of this research are consistent with the findings of Ng’s (2006) study. The results showed that the exposure of students to the photoessays oriented teaching techniques significantly enhanced their learning through creativity, inspiration, emotional attachment, communication, self-exploration and reflection. The paper concludes that the integration of photoessays with the verbal narration had helped the students in the learning of transformational and servant leadership concepts.

Keywords: Leadership, Photoessay, Innovative Teaching, Student Learning, Teaching Leadership

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp.55-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.288MB).

Prof. Musarrat Khan

Assistant Professor, Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Musarrat Khan is Assistant Professor in management at the Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan. For four years he remained as head of the Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University. Before joining academia, Musarrat Khan was a business practitioner for 11 years. He has a MBA/BBA level teaching experience of 10 years. He has taught Strategic Management, New Product Development, Organizational Design and Organizational Behavior to MBA classes. From last two years he is teaching leadership to MBA third semester students. He has MBA from the University of Central Arkansas, USA. At present he is pursuing PhD at the University of Leicester, UK. His area of research is ‘Leadership in Higher Education.’


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