Dr James Hanson is Deputy Head of School Education (Courses) in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.
Professional and Teaching Experience
Dr James Hanson specialises in the development of higher-order socio-cognitive skills such as decision making, problem solving, research and writing skills for managers. Since 2005, James and his colleagues have been developing and refining an innovative approach to business education which integrates the various business disciplines and applies them in authentic business research and consulting projects. This innovative curriculum design, which stems from James’s doctoral thesis in educational psychology, The knowledge-creating graduate, has recently been awarded an Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation. James is a member of the Australian Business Deans Council Teaching & Learning Forum. He has an MBA and an MA from Yale University and an EdD from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the School of Business, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney and as a management consultant at KPMG.
Business education and management development – in particular, the development of managers’ analytical skills.
Evaluation Study of the BBus Integrating Core: A series of 3 innovative courses form the spine of the BBus degree program as ADFA. These courses were designed according to recent findings in educational psychology. This current project evaluates their impact on: students' learning, students' inquiry & decision-making skills, students' attitudes toward knowledge and its application in organisations.
Effects of Articulation and Socio-Cognitive Conflict on learning and transfer. Collaborative learning methods have been shown to lead to great improvements in students' performance on difficult reasoning tasks such as the Wason Selection Task.