Enterprise education as pedagogy

Brian Jones (Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK)
Norma Iredale (Enterprise Education Consultant, Chester‐le‐Street, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Publication date: 16 February 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to suggest that the most appropriate way to construe the concept of enterprise education is from a pedagogical viewpoint. Enterprise education as pedagogy is argued to be the most appropriate way to think about the concept and serves to demarcate it from entrepreneurship education, which is very much about business start‐up and the new venture creation process.

Design/methodology/approach

Enterprise education is underpinned by experiential action learning that can be in, outside and away from the normal classroom environment. It can be delivered across a range of subject areas throughout different phases of education.

Findings

Enterprise and entrepreneurship education are perceived to be conflated terms that for many in the education and business communities mean much the same thing. Adopting an enterprise education approach allows greater pupil/student ownership of the learning process.

Practical implications

Enterprise education as pedagogy advocates an approach to teaching where specific learning outcomes differ across and between different educational phases and subject areas but which has a clear and coherent philosophical underpinning.

Originality/value

Enterprise education should not be equated solely with business, as it is a broader, deeper and richer concept. The theoretical import of the paper is in part a plea for a more rigorous, practically informed analysis of the different strands (pedagogy, entrepreneurship, citizenship and civic responsibility) that make up enterprise education. The paper also sets out the case for a more critical analysis of enterprise education.

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Citation

Brian Jones and Norma Iredale (2010) "Enterprise education as pedagogy", Education + Training, Vol. 52 No. 1, pp. 7-19

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/00400911011017654

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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