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ERIC Number: ED554429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 210
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3032-0535-4
A Phenomenological Exploration of Self-Directed Learning among Successful Minority Entrepreneurs
Alexander, Nancy Hope
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma
This transcendental, phenomenological study explored the Self-directed learning (SDL) of 10 successful minority entrepreneurs. Two SDL theories serve as lenses for the study, Spear and Mocker's (1984) Organizing Circumstance and Brockett and Heimstra's (1991) Personal Responsibility Orientation model. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) learning to hide minority status to gain success, (2) making a self-directed learner, (3) reacting to SDL triggers and the organizing circumstance, (4) identifying outside resources for learning, and (5) taking personal responsibility. The phenomenological essence of the lived experience with SDL fueled the participant's desire to become entrepreneurs. Tenets of SDL facilitated intuitiveness, resourcefulness, self-empowerment, and subsequent business success. Findings suggest successful minority entrepreneurship is pluralistic in nature and entrepreneurial programs should have a broader scope and incorporate meaningful SDL in conjunction with formal business training activities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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