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Discovering and developing conceptual understanding of teaching and learning in entrepreneurship lecturers

Martin Toding (School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia)
Urve Venesaar (School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 26 July 2018

Issue publication date: 15 August 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discover and develop the conceptual understanding of teaching and learning in entrepreneurship lecturers and how this is influencing the change in teaching experience.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was carried out among Estonian entrepreneurship lecturers who participated in a lecturer-training programme. A qualitative research method was adopted, focussing on thematic analysis. The framework for research and the analysis of results relied on the teaching and learning model, enabling the model to be tested in the context of entrepreneurship education.

Findings

The results show that the lecturers with learning-centred mind-sets tended to make changes in their teaching approaches and introduced changes in other teaching and learning components, such as the content (learning process) and outcomes of the learning subject. These inconsistent applications of changes justify the need for a systematic approach to entrepreneurship teaching and learning.

Practical implications

The results of the study contribute to a more systematic understanding of conceptions of teaching entrepreneurship among entrepreneurship lecturers, thereby allowing school management to understand the need for developing staff in addition to curricula. The study results are useful for informing training for entrepreneurship lecturers, designing entrepreneurship courses and choosing the appropriate methodology in such design.

Originality/value

This paper provides input for creating a conceptual teaching and learning model of entrepreneurship education that contributes to a more systematic understanding of the relationships between the components of teaching and learning when designing entrepreneurship education programmes. In the context of entrepreneurship education, the use of the teaching and learning model is required when considering the timeline between different components of the model. This means that it is important to first make decisions about the presage factors (including conceptual understanding of teachers), which provide the frame (context) for the teaching and learning process, as well as learning outcomes.

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Citation

Toding, M. and Venesaar, U. (2018), "Discovering and developing conceptual understanding of teaching and learning in entrepreneurship lecturers", Education + Training, Vol. 60 No. 7/8, pp. 696-718. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-07-2017-0101

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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