n South African Journal of Higher Education - Academic literacy in management education : developing complicated understanding

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Although management education aims to equip students with relevant knowledge, skills and competencies, making explicit and developing the cognitive thought processes necessary for management students to deal effectively with the current and future demands of the world of work, have been neglected. This article argues for the development of "complicated understanding" (Bartunek, Gordon & Weathersby 1983) in management students, through cultivating academic literacy. Using mediation, reflective inquiry and reflective writing interactively, it is illustrated how academic literacy could be promoted at the post-graduate level.

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