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Connecting the dots : A discussion on key concepts in contemporary entrepreneurship education

Hägg, Gustav LU and Kurczewska, Agnieszka (2016) In Education and Training 58(7-8). p.700-714
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Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to justify, elaborate and elucidate the concepts of action, experience and reflection, and how they are intertwined when discussing contemporary entrepreneurship education. These concepts have been given a meaning in entrepreneurship education, but have not been discussed in-depth, and by that have been abridged in meaning and purpose, and mostly been treated in isolation from each other. Design/methodology/approach: – The paper is conceptual and takes its starting point in the historical development of the field and discusses the concepts, from philosophical roots and their application, in entrepreneurship education. Findings: – Neither of the discussed concepts are enough to generate learning... (More)

Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to justify, elaborate and elucidate the concepts of action, experience and reflection, and how they are intertwined when discussing contemporary entrepreneurship education. These concepts have been given a meaning in entrepreneurship education, but have not been discussed in-depth, and by that have been abridged in meaning and purpose, and mostly been treated in isolation from each other. Design/methodology/approach: – The paper is conceptual and takes its starting point in the historical development of the field and discusses the concepts, from philosophical roots and their application, in entrepreneurship education. Findings: – Neither of the discussed concepts are enough to generate learning one by one, as they are intertwined within the learning process that aims to generate knowledge. From this perspective, an understanding of how these concepts work, both individually and in synergy, is of importance for entrepreneurship education. Research limitations/implications: – The discussion presented in this paper may be a starting point for future empirical studies on entrepreneurial learning, by developing the meaning of action, reflections and experience, or by trying to conceptualize them. Practical implications: – The study indicates that entrepreneurship education should not concentrate only on one dimension of the entrepreneurial learning process, as for example, on actions, but should try to combine all of its discussed elements. Originality/value: – By exploring the origins and developments around the concepts, the paper brings a deepened understanding of what the field considers as important when learning entrepreneurship. By decomposing and mutually referring the concepts, the authors contribute to the call of strengthening the theoretical and philosophical understanding in entrepreneurship education.

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Action, Entrepreneurship education, Experience, Knowledge, Learning
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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
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0040-0912
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10.1108/ET-12-2015-0115
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  author       = {Hägg, Gustav and Kurczewska, Agnieszka},
  issn         = {0040-0912},
  keyword      = {Action,Entrepreneurship education,Experience,Knowledge,Learning},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  number       = {7-8},
  pages        = {700--714},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.},
  series       = {Education and Training},
  title        = {Connecting the dots : A discussion on key concepts in contemporary entrepreneurship education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ET-12-2015-0115},
  volume       = {58},
  year         = {2016},
}