Department of Management

The Promise of Process. Learning through Enterprise in Higher Education

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Entrepreneurial process increasingly attracts attention as an opportunity to learn in higher education. Students learn “through” enterprise, when they actively engage in an entrepreneurial process while reflecting on their actions and experiences. In this qualitative field study, I investigate how postgraduate students pursued opportunities to learn in a process-driven entrepreneurship module. Drawing on situated learning theory, I find that students tried to access learning opportunities through a constant dynamic of participation which involved contradictory participatory stances. The learning through paradigm in enterprise education imposes conditions on the learning environment and involves images of a particular learner, who is able to take advantage of this learning opportunity. The findings indicate a contradictory process of becoming a legitimate entrepreneurial learner which is more uncertain than is portrayed in recent work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference Leeds 2016 - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 May 201613 May 2016


Conference3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference Leeds 2016
LocationUniversity of Leeds
CountryUnited Kingdom
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