16 Apr 2021

Call for Extended Abstracts - Post-Experience Education Symposium

The Post-Experience Education Symposium will be held as part of the 35th BAM Conference on Recovering from Covid: Responsible Management and Reshaping the Economy at Lancaster University Management School, 31st August - 3rd September.  

The Post Experience Education Symposium is born out the Post-Experience Education Working Group (P-EEWG) which was jointly created by the Knowledge and Learning and the Management Knowledge and Education SIGs in September 2020. The aim of the working group is to help articulate the boundaries of Post-Experience Education, where the aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, resistant capital that students and educators have built over their professional career and their life journeys become the cornerstone of the learning experience in the class. The P-EEWG brings together 17 BAM members from universities and business schools across the UK and internationally with first-hand, lifelong experience in Post-Experience Education and works on addressing openly the learning needs of students and educators involved in Post-Experience Education.

Post Experience Education arises from the macrotrend towards lifelong, continued education and attracts learners from the working population who are often more likely to be motivated by the subject matter of their education (Brookes and Everett, 2008). It includes: Senior Leadership Apprenticeships, Open Programmes and Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Executive Education (credit and non-credit bearing programmes) and MBAs (Full-time, Part-Time, Distance Learning). For the learners of these programmes, the decision to study is far more reflective, conscious and contemplative than amongst school graduates (DfE, 2018). Engagement with learning is often seen as a subjective experience embodying life events and professional experiences which involve complex negotiations of meaning across working and life boundaries (Crossan et al., 2003: 64).

Post-Experience learners reflect a smaller learner population about which we know very little (apart from our own first-hand experience in the classroom of MBAs, Executive Education, etc.). However, as a learner population, they can operationalise education that can both subtly but persistently reinforce dominant social inequalities and shape new social purpose and define the direction of social transformation (see Merrill, 2004). This is particularly interesting given that post-Experience learners join educational institutions which are themselves evolving and adjusting to new requirements, including global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

About the Post-Experience Education Symposium

The Post-Experience Education Symposium will involve a combination of paper presentations and interactive discussion that aim to explore and shape the agenda in Post-Experience Education. Conceptual, developmental and empirical papers are invited that address (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • What is the impact of Covid 19 on Post-Experience Education, and what role does Post-Experience Education have in supporting recovery and renewal from Covid 19?
  • What does Post-Experience education mean from different perspectives (e.g., business school, employer, faculty, learner perspectives?
  • How do curriculum development, technology enhanced learning, and flexible learning delivery models address Post-Experience Education priorities in comparison to undergraduate and postgraduate priorities?
  • What is the identity of the learner in Post-Experience Education and what is their motivation to study later on in life?
  • What is the relationship between Post-Experience Education and the digitalisation of learning in HE?
  • How does Post-Experience Education impact environmental, societal and economic issues such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and HE priorities, such as widening participation, inclusion, diversity and inclusion?
  • How does Post-Experience Education contribute to the professionalisation of management?

Papers submissions should follow the BAM guidelines, and there is an extended submission deadline of 26th July 2021. The chairs of the Post-Experience Education Symposium are Lisa Anderson, Mike Kennard and Efrosyni Konstantinou

Important dates:

  • Monday 10th May - Submission of extended Abstract (1,500 - 3,000 words)
  • Friday 4th June - Feedback on Abstracts
  • Monday 28th June - Paper Development Workshop
  • Monday 26th July - Final Paper Submission for presentation at the BAM conference.

Please submit proposed abstracts directly to the symposium chairs at [email protected] and efrosyni.konstantinou[email protected] .