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Underpinning the entrepreneurship educator’s toolkit: Conceptualising the influence of educational philosophies and theory

Bell, Robin ORCID: (2021) Underpinning the entrepreneurship educator’s toolkit: Conceptualising the influence of educational philosophies and theory. Entrepreneurship Education, 4 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN Print: 2520-8144 Online: 2520-8152

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Entrepreneurship educators can maximise the effectiveness of their delivery by having a firm grasp of the different educational philosophies and theories that underpin entrepreneurship education pedagogy and practice. A particular educational philosophical orientation underlies, directs, and drives educator practices, and should align with what the teaching seeks to impart and achieve, and the roles the learners and educator play in the learning process. Whilst educators might not always be explicitly aware of their philosophical orientation, it will direct and drive their pedagogic practice and have implications for what they deliver, and how they deliver it. The benefits of bringing together different learning theories, philosophies, and approaches for entrepreneurship education has previously been posited in the literature. However, it has been highlighted that connections between educational theory and practice are limited, and that the field of entrepreneurship education could be advanced through providing links between education literature, theory, and learning. This paper advances the literature by linking educational philosophy and theory to entrepreneurship education and pedagogy in higher education. It discusses and highlights how behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and humanism can be used to underpin and support learning in entrepreneurship education. This meets calls for the conceptualization of how educational philosophies and theories can be integrated into entrepreneurship education to support learners.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: educational philosophy, entrepreneurship pedagogy, educational theory, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Copyright Info: Open Access article (UW Springer OA agreement)
Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 08:07
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 09:26

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