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Title: Enterprise learning : methods and motivation
Author: Gazdula, Joseph H.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis explores the epistemological journey of two cohorts of students on undergraduate enterprise education courses, and discusses the research I undertook into their learning experiences to begin the development of my pedagogical approach to enterprise learning. By clearly defining enterprise and entrepreneurship it begins to unravel a complicated discourse between the two terminologies and provides a foundation for researching enterprise education as an area in its own right. Using a mixed methods approach to research over the course of an academic year, I identify key learning motivators from enterprise placements and discuss the effects on attainment and motivation. Emerged themes discussed include the effects of pressure on learning, social learning and group work, self-efficacy, critical learning experiences, the relationship between personal and institutional needs, personal organisation, professional attachments, employability concerns and the importance of finding personal learning in enterprise situations. In discussing a pedagogical approach to enterprise the student as an individual becomes central to the enterprise learning experience and a pedagogical approach is explored which centres on the personal nature and individuality of student learning needs. My methodology considers learning outcomes, assessment approaches, learning capture, personal assessment of student needs, enterprise learning preparation, and delivery, and the role of reflection. This developed into a framework drawing from the transitional learning ideas of Illeris (2007) transformative learning from Mezirow (2000) and Scharmer's Theory U (2009) to create an appropriate learning architecture for enterprise. Critical reflexology is used to underpin the research and advise of bias.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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