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Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs: Giving Students the Opportunity to Gain Experience and Thrive

Bell, Robin (2015) Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs: Giving Students the Opportunity to Gain Experience and Thrive. The International Journal of Management Education, 13 (1). pp. 37-47. ISSN 1472-8117

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Abstract

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have increasingly utilized experiential approaches in business education; however, some researchers have suggested that further research is required to investigate the effectiveness and student reaction to such approaches. The aim of this study is to determine the impact of an experiential learning approach on the perceived development of entrepreneurial traits and to measure the level of both student engagement and satisfaction. The approach was designed and tested during a Higher National Diploma (HND) entrepreneurship module in a British HEI. Traditional taught sessions were blended with applied activities that required students to utilize the skills they learned to complete steps of the activities, which increased in length and complexity. Results found both a high level of student satisfaction and engagement and the belief that the module’s experiential approach had, in many instances, helped to develop entrepreneurial traits. Successful practice and modifications are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship education, experiential learning, entrepreneurial traits
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 11:27
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2016 11:27
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4269

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