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Understanding the entrepreneurial learning process and its impact on students' personal development: a European perspective.

Mueller, Sabine; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Sabine Mueller

Alistair R. Anderson



Abstract

Based on what we know about the multiplex nature of entrepreneurship, we argue that entrepreneurship is a difficult topic to teach. One response has been a shift to constructionist perspectives where learning is seen as an active process of constructing rather than merely acquiring knowledge. We wonder how is it possible for students, lacking much professional experience, to 'construct useful entrepreneurial knowledge? We address this question by analysing the learning experiences of 54 students and 19 lecturers in different European Entrepreneurship education programs. The study explores the nature and processes of entrepreneurial learning in the university context. It provides understanding of how learners “ across cultures and educational backgrounds “ engage in the learning process. We identify three personal qualities, which constitute this process: a multi-dimensional sense of responsibility, independent ways of thinking, and the ability to connect to ones own and other peoples needs. We identified the particular dynamics in which these qualities interact and develop and conclude with suggestions on how education may stimulate this process.

Citation

MUELLER, S. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2014. Understanding the entrepreneurial learning process and its impact on students' personal development: a European perspective. International journal of management education [online], 12(3), pages 500-511. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijme.2014.05.003

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2014
Publication Date Nov 30, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 20, 2015
Journal International journal of management education
Print ISSN 1472-8117
Electronic ISSN 2352-3565
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 500-511
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijme.2014.05.003
Keywords Entrepreneurial learning; Learning process; Constructivism; Entrepreneurial maturity; European programmes
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1122

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