Embedding Experiential Learning in the Curriculum: tutor and international student contributions and reflections in an Action Research project.


  • Clive Kerridge Aston Business School
  • Colin Simpson University of Gloucestershire


Action Research, Business Simulation, Chinese students, Experiential Learning, International Student, Mixed-nationality classrooms, Pedagogies, Student Engagement


This article presents part of a five-year participatory Action Research project at a UK university, addressing curriculum re-design and development by evaluating the views of key participants: support and specialist tutors as well as students. Three main themes addressed are: student performance; interaction between international and domestic students; and academic engagement. Juxtaposition of interview comments, from tutors and international students, highlights the validity of differing views from each stakeholder group. Findings confirm the benefits of integrating academic and language support into the formal curriculum, higher levels of student engagement when embedding a large-scale business simulation, and the effectiveness of experiential learning pedagogies in mixed-nationality classrooms.