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Entrepreneurship Education: Salvation or Damnation?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
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2005 (English)In: Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, ISSN 1528-2651, Vol. 8, 7-19 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many researchers, and policy makers, across Europe emphasise entrepreneurship education as the way to a future new welfare society. Why? The aim of this article is to discuss critically entrepreneurship education, starting in contemporary European research on entrepreneurship. Earlier research defines entrepreneurship as a temporary process of innovation, only possible in capitalistic societies. In more recent research entrepreneurship is located within the entrepreneur, to a limited number of traits typical for the entrepreneurial personality despite its surroundings. Environmental or cultural factors are treated as either to promote or inhibit entrepreneurial behaviour/personality. The locus to specific traits of the individual is the logic behind the, normative and quite naïve, favouring of entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurship education, characterised by learning by doing, practice-orientation, and so on, is viewed as the way to foster the right kind of individuals; individuals with the specific traits who form a kind of inner resources that can be profitable on the global market. In this perspective, entrepreneurship education seems to be a part of the ongoing neo liberal oriented restructuring process, which is sweeping through Europe, and the writings on entrepreneurship education can be understood as a specific political/ideological activity. I

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 8, 7-19 p.
Keyword [en]
entrepreneurship education
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3365Local ID: 3335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3365DiVA: diva2:28397
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2017-01-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Pedagogiska identiteter: Fostran till entreprenörskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pedagogiska identiteter: Fostran till entreprenörskap
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Pedagogic identities : Fostering entrepreneurship
Abstract [en]

The aim of this doctoral dissertation project has been to investigate and describe Entrepreneurship Education in one Swedish county, E‐county. The dissertation is based on five studies, four case studies and a minor follow‐up study. Together these studies constitute a multiple case study called The Main Study. The purpose of the study has been to investigate how European policy on entrepreneurship education has been reproduced and realized in different educational settings in E‐county, and the consequences this has had for fostering students and local identity building. The two first studies, cases A and B were carried out in three schools where three high school programs were studied, the Haircare program, a technical program and a social science program. The programs were chosen so that the whole range of highschool programs were represented; a practical program, a semi‐academic program and an academic program. The third case, C, contained the specific educational program ʺSummer Entrepreneur” which was developed in a local municipality in Ecounty, and had been spread throughout Sweden. The program was developed by local people within the framework of an educational concept that had been imported from Canada, “Open For Business“. The fourth study, case D, was carried out in the educational program Youth Enterprise in local high schools, including the so called “Practice school”. The fifth study was a minor study through interviews with representatives from the different educational programs. To enable methodical triangulation, studies A to D were carried out with interviews, questionnaires, observations and document analysis. The studies were based on theories of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and general education. The theoretical framework for analysis was based on Basil Bernstein’s (2000) theoretical concepts classification, framing, the pedagogic device and pedagogic identities. The major finding from the Main Study was that entrepreneurship education was already part of the educational programs studied for some time before it became part of the Swedish national curricula in 2011. Entrepreneurship had become an element in the fostering of local identities in E‐county. Since it has become a major element of the value base in the national curricula, it will probably be an important part in fostering and identity building in all Swedish schools in the future.

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Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2017. 120 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 257
Keyword
classification, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, fostering, framing, pedagogic identities, the pedagogic device
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29809 (URN)978-91-88025-95-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-01-27, E409, Sundsvall, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2017-01-02 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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