Future Entrepreneurs: Exploring Paradigms in the Entrepreneurial Learning Experience

Future Entrepreneurs: Exploring Paradigms in the Entrepreneurial Learning Experience

Helen Lawton Smith (Birkbeck, University of London, UK) and Muthu L. R. De Silva (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7456-0.ch008
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This chapter presents the multi-dimensional approach to the teaching of entrepreneurship at Birkbeck, University of London in the UK. It is approached by presenting the curricular and extra-curricular programmes as a series of juxtaposed paradigms. The term “paradigm” is here used as conceptualising ways of thinking about the entrepreneurial learning experience, from the perspective of the content of the programmes and how the students learn. Birkbeck students' learning experience includes academic modules as well as hybrid modules which combine theory and hands-on practice.
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Understanding Entrepreneurial Learning Experiences

The literature on the student entrepreneurial experience is a subset of a wider body of research on entrepreneurship (Shane and Venkatraman, 2000) within the context of an increasing entrepreneurial university paradigm (see for example Etzkowitz et al., 2000). These scholarly contributions date back to at least the 1980s. Largely overlooked, however, are differences in behaviour arising from gender, ethnicity and disability. The focus on student entrepreneurs more recently has been analysed from more systemic perspectives, for example entrepreneurial ecosystems originating from around 2015.

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