The aim of this study is to address the question of how to provide the appropriate learning environment and experience to foster an entrepreneurial attitude and capture the enthusiasm to shape the future change‐makers in enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business within the cost, resource and timing constraints of higher education in a changing, global and ethnically diverse world.
The methodology for this research on the learning environment is longitudinal action research over more that ten years in the form of a case study. Sources used include student feedback over a number of years at various stages of the learning cycle as well as curriculum and module developments, first destination information with external examiner's and tutor's reports.
One of the key criticisms of the Honey and Mumford approach is that thinking is treated as concluding not starting. In this model, which revises the Kolb and Honey and Mumford Models, it is suggested that the environment of the learner is integral to the development of the learner. This has formed the basis for a model, which outlines the three dimensions of enterprise in the forms of envisioning, energising, and expediting.
There is further scope for research by widening the parameters of the research. This could be implemented at other institutions of higher education and gives a solution to one of the cost and resource problems currently besetting higher education globally.
The key elements of students initially working in teams widens the immediate networks on which they can draw and with the mix in the team they can gain a synergy of vision, energy and expediting. This revision of Kolb's learning cycle is challenging and engaging and makes the participants more fitted for the small and general business environment on graduation.
Reporting a longitudinal case study with a substantial reflective element, it provides a basis for sharing experience and practice.
Munro, J. and Cook, R. (2008), "The small enterprise as the authentic learning environment opportunity (SEALEO)", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 60 No. 6, pp. 686-700. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530810924348Download as .RIS
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