ERIC Number: ED480495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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"If You Only Knew": Lessons Learned from Successful Black Entrepreneurs.
Smith, Cheryl A.
Journal for Pedagogy, Pluralism & Practice, n5 Fall 200-Spr 2000
A qualitative study investigated success in entrepreneurship from the standpoint of Black women entrepreneurs, one of the fastest growing groups of new small business owners. It explored the business and learning experiences of successful Black women graduates of an entrepreneurship training program in New York State to identify learning strategies they felt impacted their success. Data were collected by interviewing 19 women graduates nominated as being successful in 11 Entrepreneurship Assistance Program centers in New York State; focus groups; and document analysis. Economic and historical contexts were explored. Adult learning was examined through the prism of experiences of this group, including types of learning used, learning styles, and their definitions of success in learning and business. The study considered the place of cultural pluralism in learning and teaching; connections among history, culture, gender, and success in learning and business; and implications for adult and entrepreneurship education in theory, practice, and research domains. Eleven indigenous or participant-generated themes related to learning, business, success, and their intersection emerged. Six learning strategies (observation/listening, role models, apprenticeships, mentors, collaborative and cooperative learning, and transfer of learning) and perceptions of the connections between learning and success were identified. Study results were considered within the theoretical frames of capital formation, Black feminist theory, and adult learning theories. (Contains 55 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adults, Blacks, Business Administration, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Research, Employed Women, Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning, Feminist Criticism, Graduate Surveys, Human Capital, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Qualitative Research, Self Employment, Small Businesses, Success, Theory Practice Relationship
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Identifiers - Location: New York