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Supporting Students and Society: Underpinning entrepreneurship education with a humanistic philosophy

Bell, Robin ORCID: (2022) Supporting Students and Society: Underpinning entrepreneurship education with a humanistic philosophy. In: Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education: Reflections on the Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 157-172. ISBN eBook: 978-3-030-87865-8; Hardcover: 978-3-030-87864-1

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Whilst there has been a rapid expansion and proliferation in the delivery of entrepreneurship education globally, the literature suggests that entrepreneurship educators are not always well versed in educational theory and philosophy. This can lead to a degree of separation between the practice of entrepreneurship education and educational science, which underpins the delivery of entrepreneurship education. Existing literature has proposed the need for a range of educational philosophies and theories to be integrated to ensure the effective delivery of entrepreneurship education within higher education. Entrepreneurship education delivered within higher education needs to meet the needs of students, higher education institutions and stakeholders. This chapter theorises and espouses how underpinning entrepreneurship education with a humanistic philosophy can help meet these needs and support students and society's development. Humanism can be combined with other underpinning philosophies of education to support the development of essential entrepreneurial competencies and learning in relation to individuals' own interests and contexts. Through interaction between students and their community, students can develop networks, value-orientated skills, make integrative judgements and gain an understanding of the importance of compassion within entrepreneurship. Through such engagement and interaction, students can follow their interests, in a liberating learning environment which supports self-actualisation.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Entrepreneurial pedagogy, Educational philosophy, Educational theory, Humanism, Sustainable entrepreneurship, Social entrepreneurship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Copyright Info: © The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2022 15:59
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 15:59

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