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Summer Entrepreneur an Activity for stimulating Entrepreneurship Among Youths:: A Casestudy in a Swedish County
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
2011 (English)In: US-China Education Review A Education Practice, ISSN 2161-623X, Vol. 1, no 5, p. 715-725Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to outline findings from a research project that has investigated an initiative to stimulate youths tobecome more entrepreneurial. The concept of summer entrepreneur has been developed in the last decade in aSwedish county. It was developed out of the idea that youths should have a possibility to run their own companiesas alternative to traditional summer vacation employments. The study of the summer entrepreneur activity wasconducted as a case study. The main findings showed that the concept developed as a project now needs anorganization that can take the development further. It also shows that the participating youths express that they havearchived the expected abilities from the activity, but any long time effects of changed attitudes towardsentrepreneurship is hard to establish.

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Illinois: David Publishing Company , 2011. Vol. 1, no 5, p. 715-725
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurship education, summer entrepreneurs, project
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-15410DiVA, id: diva2:467587
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 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. p. 120
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 257
Keywords
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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Supervisors
Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2017-01-02 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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