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The context of enterprise education: insights into current practices


Penaluna, K and Penaluna, A and Jones, C, The context of enterprise education: insights into current practices, Industry and Higher Education, 26, (3) pp. 163-175. ISSN 0950-4222 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5367/ihe.2012.0098


This paper presents the results of an investigation into contextual differences in the development and delivery of enterprise education in higher education globally. Using information gathered from an online survey distributed to enterprise educators, distinct differences in the provision of enterprise education are identified, as are differences of opinion among enterprise educators. The findings demonstrate that although enterprise education is highly diversified in terms of presentation, content and style, there are clear commonalities with regard to expected student outcomes. The respondents reported low levels of business start-up activity among students during enterprise education and/or within one year of graduation. Over 75% of the educators surveyed had personal start-up experience, and there was limited reliance on academic literature, with a preference for referencing broader stakeholder perspectives. With regard to the practical implications of this research, the international metric of enterprise education appears to be a broad set of enterprising skills that equip and enable students to recognize and exploit opportunities in order to navigate future unknowns. The commonly employed metric of business start-up appears less valid in light of this investigation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:enterprise education, student entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship educators, education outcomes, education metrics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Jones, C (Dr Colin Jones)
ID Code:79877
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2012-10-09
Last Modified:2013-05-07
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