Inductive Approach in Higher Education


Both during university studies and at the beginning of their careers in different jobs, it has often been found that students and young employees face difficulties when they need to use their theoretical knowledge to solve practical professional problems. A possible cause of this phenomenon is the fact that the academic disciplines are usually taught in a deductive manner. The courses are conducted with focus on the presentation and explanation of new concepts and theories, and finally give examples or resolve some practical applications. This paper presents several ways to teach university subjects to develop students’ abilities to effectively link the theories to practice. It is about the teaching in an inductive manner, which starts from the evocation of real professional situations in the professional environment and gives then theoretical support and practical suggestions to approach and solve problems

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