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Adapting to Constructivist Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education in the Chinese Classroom

Bell, Robin ORCID: (2020) Adapting to Constructivist Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education in the Chinese Classroom. Studies in Higher Education, 45 (8). pp. 1694-1710. ISSN Print:0307-5079 Online:1470-174X

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Encouragement by the Chinese government for education to move from an emphasis on passive learning, rote memorisation and mechanical training towards the development and delivery of education using active, student-centred education approaches has resulted in tensions and challenges, one of which is the reaction of students previously used to traditional passive transmission learning. To study the challenges that Chinese students face when undertaking a constructivist experience-based entrepreneurship course focused on process rather than content, eight groups of business students at a Chinese university were tasked with developing projects which would add value to the university’s international community. The qualitative research identified four key themes: a lack of familiarity with the constructivist learning process; group work and group dynamics; the linkage of taught content to practical activities; and the reflective process of learning in constructivist education. The findings and suggested remedies as to how these challenges can be minimized are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: China, Chinese higher education, entrepreneurship education, constructivist education, value creation pedagogy, experiential learning
Subjects: 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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Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 14:05
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 08:32

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