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Applying Enterprise: Active Learning Environments for Business Higher National Diploma Students

Bell, H. and Bell, Robin (2017) Applying Enterprise: Active Learning Environments for Business Higher National Diploma Students. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN Print 0309-877X Online: 1469-9486 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article details an approach to teaching entrepreneurship to Higher National Diploma (HND) students that combines lecture-based and experiential learning processes to increase student learning, comprehension, and entrepreneurial skills. A UK university redesigned an entrepreneurship course to have students design and implement business plans for a pop-up shop and an event in the local community, while working closely with instructors and outside stakeholders. The lectures used in the lessons were designed to complement the enterprise activities and be immediately applied in group work settings. Data was collected from student reflections and analyzed against instructor reflections to highlight both the success and challenges of this approach, as well as any areas of dissonance between student and instructor observations. While literature on the benefits of active and experiential learning processes are highlighted in the literature, this article examines these teaching methods specifically in a HND context, an area in which research on the benefits of these teaching methods for developing entrepreneurial students and for developing students prepared for undergraduate education has been limited.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: active learning, experiential learning, entrepreneurialism, reflection, Higher National Diploma
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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: 21 Jul 2016 14:37
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 14:56
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4695

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