Department of Management

Teaching Entrepreneurship as lived Experience through ‘Wonderment Exercises’

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  • Rita G. Klapper, University of Abertay Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Helle Neergaard
This chapter focuses on how students think before we can teach them how to act. This idea is anchored in the observation that most institutions of higher education tend to teach their students to become employees, whether in the public or private sector, rather than to become employers. Thus, the mindset with which we equip our students is not sensitized to entrepreneurial action. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to propose and illustrate a more comprehensive approach to teaching entrepreneurship, which aims to transform the way that students think about entrepreneurship. In order to achieve this objective, we identify and develop techniques for promoting entrepreneurial awareness and preparedness in our student population, and provide tools for educators to promote the individual’s innate drive to perfect him/herself, thus recognizing his/her own need for personal growth. At the theoretical level, we build on the authors’ teaching experiences from different cultural contexts, which show ways in which alternative learning initiatives may enhance enterprising thinking among students. Based on our experiences with the influence of context, we propose that it is necessary to consider seven different, yet interconnected teaching principles, which may influence the impact of entrepreneurship education and which relate to the why; where; when; what; and how of entrepreneurship. In continuation, on a practical level, we suggest a coherent system of innovative educational techniques, so-called Verwunderungsübungen, or wonderment exercises, that can be used individually or in combination. By creating a comprehensive teaching paradigm for entrepreneurship we pay tribute to entrepreneurship being an inherently dynamic phenomenon, which goes beyond exclusively focusing on new venture creation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship Education : New perspectives on entrepreneurship education
EditorsPaul Jones, Gideon Maas, Luke Pittaway
Number of pages26
Volume7
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication year2017
Pages145-170
ISBN (print)978-1787142817
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
Volume7
ISSN2040-7246

    Research areas

  • entrepreneurship education, teaching principles, wonderment exercises

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