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New horizons in entrepreneurship education: from teacher-led to student-centered learning

Sarah Robinson (Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)
Helle Neergaard (Department of Management, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)
Lene Tanggaard (Department of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark)
Norris F. Krueger (School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona, USA AND Entrepreneurship Northwest, Boise, Idaho, USA)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 8 August 2016

Issue publication date: 8 August 2016




The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the discussion about the complexity and heterogeneity of entrepreneurship education. In order to achieve this objective, this paper combines educational psychology with perspectives from entrepreneurship education research to make explicit educators tacit assumptions in order to understand how these assumptions guide teaching.


Using ethnographic analysis, the paper reports data from the continuous development and implementation of a single course over a period of ten years bringing in the educator’s and the students perspectives on their achievements and course content.


The authors find that it is sometimes advantageous to invoke and combine different learning theories and approaches in order to promote entrepreneurial awareness and mindset. It is also necessary to move away from entrepreneurship education as being teacher led to being more student-centred and focused on experiential and existential lifelong learning practices.

Practical implications

Practically, the authors make suggestions for the design and delivery of a course that demonstrates how four diverse learning theories can be combined to consolidate entrepreneurial learning in students invoking experiential and curiosity-based learning strategies.


There are very few examples of concrete course designs that have been researched longitudinally in-depth using ethnographic methods. Moreover, most courses focus on the post-foundation period, whereas this paper presents a course that is a primer to the entrepreneurial process and exclusively centred on the pre-foundation phase. Rather than building on a single perspective, it combines a range of theories and approaches to create interplay and progression.



This research was generously sponsored by the Innovation Fund Denmark and carried out within the PACE project The usual disclaimers apply.


Robinson, S., Neergaard, H., Tanggaard, L. and Krueger, N.F. (2016), "New horizons in entrepreneurship education: from teacher-led to student-centered learning", Education + Training, Vol. 58 No. 7/8, pp. 661-683.



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