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ERIC Number: EJ1162993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
The Role of Peripherality in Students' Entrepreneurial Learning
Kubberød, Elin; Pettersen, Inger Beate
Education & Training, v60 n1 p2-15 2018
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to expand on the entrepreneurial learning literature and situated learning theory to explore how students with different educational backgrounds learn to recognise opportunities at the periphery of an entrepreneurial practice. The authors theoretically outline factors that may influence students' entrepreneurial learning, including co-participation and roles at the periphery, power relations in communities of practice (CoP), and emotional exposure. The authors make use of the concept legitimate peripheral participation and Politis' entrepreneurial learning framework to explore empirically students' entrepreneurial learning transformations and entrepreneurial learning outcomes. Design/methodology/approach: The authors adopted a qualitative approach in research, used the focus group methodology and the critical incident technique in interviewing. The research investigated two groups of Norwegian master students that differed in educational background aiming to explore their experience with entrepreneurial learning in a three months long internship in American start-ups representing emerging CoPs. Findings: The research identified important factors influencing students' entry transitions into an entrepreneurial practice, highlighting the complexity in peripheral participation. By acknowledging and exploring the social dimensions in students' learning, the authors demonstrate and exemplify how these influence students' entrepreneurial learning trajectories, learning outcomes and ultimately their influence in students' contributions to the practice community. Originality/value: The research integrates the existing entrepreneurial learning literature and situated learning theory to identify various factors influencing entrepreneurial learning, contributing with novel insights about the role of peripherality in students' entrepreneurial learning in situated practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; Texas (Houston)
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