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ERIC Number: EJ1139118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Breaking the Waves: Routines and Rituals in Entrepreneurship Education
Neergaard, Helle; Christensen, Dorthe Refslund
Industry and Higher Education, v31 n2 p90-100 Apr 2017
Learning is related to the environment created for the learning experience. This environment is often highly routinized and involves a certain social structure, but in entrepreneurship education, such routinization and structure may actually counteract the learning goals. This article investigates how classroom routines and rituals impact on entrepreneurship education in order to problematize how existing classroom environments may hinder critical learning experiences from taking place. This article builds on extensive insights from six cohorts of students at two Scandinavian universities over a 4-year period (2012-2015). The data were procured using an experiential-explorative research approach in which the researchers were personally involved in reflective processes as co-learners. The findings illustrate how educators can use rituals actively to change how students learn. However, students are very wary of embracing new structures and rituals; indeed, some feel so comfortable with the old rituals that they would prefer not to change from being receivers of knowledge to co-creators of the learning situation. It is therefore important to exchange existing rituals with new ones that enhance the feeling of safety and involve the students in creating the change. This is achieved through scaffolding and setting up ritual markers, which are continuously repeated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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