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Winter 12-31-2012


This paper explores how the concept of “essential questions” can be used as a structural tool for revising or developing a business course such that active learning and student engagement are fostered. The concept of essential questions is different from and similar to the Socratic method. The relationship between essential questions and other course elements is discussed. An example is provided for how this approach was used in a business ethics course taught from a biblical worldview.



Cafferky, M. E. (2012). "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" Revising or developing a course using essential questions. Paper presented to the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) annual conference. Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia. June 26.