Experiential Learning-Based Discussion vs. Lecture-Based Discussion: A Comparative Analysis in a Classroom Setting


  • Pamela Hammers Specht
  • Marcelline R. Fusilier
  • Daniel C. Ganster


A study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of experiential learning-based discussions vs. lecture-based discussions in enhancing student understanding of communication network concepts. Undergraduate students (n=188) in four sections of an introduction to management course participated in the study. Two sections discussed communication network concepts after a lecture; two sections discussed the material after an experiential learning exercise. Results indicated the experiential learning - discussion approach was more effective in facilitating understanding than the lecture - discussion approach.