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Re-Focusing - Building a Future for Entrepreneurial Education & Learning

Higgins, David and Galloway, Laura (2014) Re-Focusing - Building a Future for Entrepreneurial Education & Learning. Industry & Higher Education, 28 (6). pp. 449-457. ISSN 0950-4222

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The field of entrepreneurship has struggled with fundamental
questions concerning the subject’s nature and purpose. To whom and to
what means are educational and training agendas ultimately directed?
Such questions have become of central importance to policy makers,
practitioners and academics alike. There are suggestions that university
business schools should engage more critically with the lived experiences
of practising entrepreneurs through alternative pedagogical approaches
and methods, seeking to account for and highlighting the social, political
and moral aspects of entrepreneurial practice. In the UK, where funding in
higher education has become increasingly dependent on student fees,
there are renewed pressures to educate students for entrepreneurial
practice as opposed to educating them about the nature and effects of
entrepreneurship. Government and EU policies are calling on business
schools to develop and enhance entrepreneurial growth and skill sets, to
make their education and training programmes more proactive in
providing innovative educational practices which help and facilitate life
experiences and experiential learning. This paper makes the case for
critical frameworks to be applied so that complex social processes
become a source of learning for educators and entrepreneurs and so that
innovative pedagogical approaches can be developed in terms both of
context (curriculum design) and process (delivery methods).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2014 IP Publishing Ltd. Reproduced by permission.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: The Business School
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 13:29
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2015 22:42


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