What do Scholars Think about Entrepreneurial Education
I really took a deep dive into what scholars have to say about entrepreneurial education this month. I wanted to continue to look at:
- What worked?
- What could have been done better?
- How to apply the lessons learned?
I also wanted to delve further into the literature and discover:
- Possible gaps in the research
- Questions for future study
- Other historical patterns (i.e. Have we seen similar patterns before)
Below is a summary of 5 of the 25+ resources I investigated and a little about each. If you would like to investigate the entire literature review feel free to go here.
Boethel, M., & Southwest Educational Development Lab., A. T. (2000). Rural student entrepreneurs: Linking commerce and community. (Benefits)[Squared]: The Exponential Results of Linking School Improvement and Community Development, Issue Number Three.
This article discusses how rural communities are combating shrinking populations and resources by rethinking school. They are using entrepreneurial education to help students think about ways they can boost the local economy as well as developing their life skills. It emphasizes the benefit of authentic learning and its value for today’s youth. I see this authentic learning piece as one of my main “things that work” and therefore find this resource valuable.
Bumpus, M. A., & Burton, G. (2008). Chapters in the life of an entrepreneur: A case study. Journal Of Education For Business, 83(5), 302-308.
This article discusses the use of prose in undergraduate entrepreneurial studies. It discusses how using novels and short stories brings real-life case studies into the classroom to illustrate theories and concepts traditionally learned from a textbook. It also emphasizes how you can take this a step further by inviting entrepreneurs into your classroom to speak. This philosophy supports another of my pillars of success which involves learning from established entrepreneurs.
Hilton, Margaret. (2015). Preparing students for life and work. Issues in Science and Technology, 31(4). Retrieved fromhttp://issues.org/31-4/preparing-students-for-life-and-work/
This article focuses on the need to teach 21st-century skills in our schools and colleges. It focuses on 19 states association with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It suggests we need to move from talking about skills to focusing on competencies. This article’s focus on transferable knowledge for life and work dovetail nicely into the benefits of entrepreneurial education.
Nasrullah, S., Khan, M. S., & Khan, I. (2016). The Entrepreneurship Education and Academic Performance. Journal Of Education And Practice, 7(1), 1-4.
This article discusses the relationship between academic performance and entrepreneurial education. It focuses on attitudes, subject knowledge, skill acquisition and how those compare to different types of students. One of the conclusions surrounds going beyond entrepreneurial training to a more project-based teaching approach. It also discusses the skills that entrepreneurism teaches students which will help in the validity of my innovation plan.
Schimmel, I. (2016). Entrepreneurial educators: A narrative study examining entrepreneurial educators in launching innovative practices for k-12 schools. Contemporary Issues In Education Research, 9(2), 53-58.
This article covered the qualities of entrepreneurial educators and their innovative practices. It defined many of the traits that are present in successful entrepreneurs and innovators. The article breaks down the definition of entrepreneurism well and will be useful in the first portion of my literature review.