Teaching entrepreneurship to university students through experiential learning

Colin Mason, Norin Arshed

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    Abstract

    The view that entrepreneurship education should be based on
    experiential approaches to learning is gaining ground. However, there is
    both little discussion in the literature on what form experiential education
    should take and a paucity of examples of experiential approaches to
    learning. This paper helps to fill these gaps. It provides a case study of an
    experiential learning assignment that formed an important part of a
    first-year entrepreneurship course in a Scottish university. It describes
    how the assignment was designed, what activities were undertaken by
    students and, using their learning reflections for evidence, identifies the
    learning outcomes and the effect on entrepreneurial intent, motivations
    and capabilities. The evidence suggests that the assignment was an
    effective learning experience for the students, complementing and
    reinforcing prior classroom learning through application. It facilitated
    learning about the real world of the entrepreneur, something which would
    otherwise not have been possible, and had a positive impact on
    entrepreneurial intentions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)449-463
    JournalIndustry and Higher Education
    Volume27
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • Entrepreneurship
    • experiential learning
    • entrepreneurial capabilities

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