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Author(s): Ľudmila Nagyová, Elena Horská, Ingrida Košičiarová, Serhiy Moroz

Title: Thought leadership as an innovative way of teaching

Source: International Scientific Days 2016. The Agri-Food Value Chain: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society

Document Type: Scientific paper

ISBN: 978-80-552-1503-7


Publisher: Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

PY, pages: 2016, 640-651

Published on-line: 2016-06-24

Language: eng

Abstract: Thought leadership and the synthesis of information is a comprehensive approach, which encompasses the educational approaches evolving mainly the work with information. Thought leadership is a relatively new method of teaching, which is closely linked with the critical and synthetic thinking, which is required for the creation of expert strategies and visions of thought leadership in the given area. It is considered to be a pedagogical approach oriented on the student, including learning, solving of problems and making of decisions based on questioning, investigating, exploring, searching, discovering and with that related abilities. For the student, it allows the acquirement of skills needed for gaining the knowledge and information database, needed for its further use and development. "Thought leader" is a person recognized as an authority in the given area; whose opinions are searched and appreciated by others. From the students, with this method of teaching, it requires the usage of structures which are created by experts, which are the starting basis for the critical reflection on the situation, problem or process. Students have the task to synthesize the data and information from various sources (primary or secondary research) with the aim to develop a strategic view of the solved problem. The teacher determines that range of topics that the student could demonstrate his critical thinking and ability to assess and evaluate the information. The method of thought leadership and synthesis of information was for the first time used at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Slovak University of Agriculture on the study program of Business Entrepreneurship in the exercises of two selected objects. The method was incorporated into the practice of these subjects in order to maximize the involvement of students in solving tasks during the exercises, developing their independence, creative thinking and the ability to bring the solution of the task/assignment to the end. The main aim of the present paper is to highlight the importance of the method of Thought leadership and synthesis of information in the teaching process of subjects in the study program of Business Entrepreneurship, its practical application in the solution of specific tasks given by the teacher, to assess the survey conducted by students, to handle the strengths and weaknesses of innovative teaching methods based on the opinions of students and teachers and to recommend proposals for its efficient use. The present paper is a result of the project of TEMPUS, no. 543902-TEMPUS-1-2013-UK-TEMPUS-SMGR Development of Public Accreditation of Agricultural Programs in Russia.

Keywords: thought Leadership, synthesis of information, innovative teaching method, critical and synthetic thinking

JEL Classification: I20, I29

Rights: Open Access :: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence
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