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Experiential learning in entrepreneurship education: A prospective model for South African tertiary institutions

Shepherd Dhliwayo (Faculty of Management, University of South Africa, Gauteng, South Africa)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 30 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to present a prospective entrepreneurship training model based on experiential learning which will enable the “production” of small business owners or entrepreneurs which is not being achieved by the current methods.


This is a conceptual paper. It analyses the current approaches in use, identifying inherent weaknesses and the gaps that need to be filled. Through literature reviews and case cites it provides a model that integrates experiential learning into entrepreneurship education.


The paper shows that appropriate experiential training can truly be integrated into entrepreneurship education in South Africa as in disciplines such as engineering or nursing.

Research limitation/implications

The model needs to be test implemented to find its efficacy. Just like any model, it may need refinement.


The prospective model is an attempt to produce entrepreneurs and small business owners. This is critical in South Africa where entrepreneurs/business start‐ups are in critical shortage. No known study on work integrated learning (WIL) in entrepreneurship in higher education has been conducted in South Africa or such a model presented.



Dhliwayo, S. (2008), "Experiential learning in entrepreneurship education: A prospective model for South African tertiary institutions", Education + Training, Vol. 50 No. 4, pp. 329-340.



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