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Experiential learning in entrepreneurship education: A prospective model for South African tertiary institutions

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Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to present a prospective entrepreneurship training model based on experiential learning which will enable the "production" of small business owners or entrepreneurs which is not being achieved by the current methods. Design/methodology/approach ‐ This is a conceptual paper. It analyses the current approaches in use, identifying inherent weaknesses and the gaps that need to be filled. Through literature reviews and case cites it provides a model that integrates experiential learning into entrepreneurship education. Findings ‐ The paper shows that appropriate experiential training can truly be integrated into entrepreneurship education in South Africa as in disciplines such as engineering or nursing. Research limitation/implications ‐ The model needs to be test implemented to find its efficacy. Just like any model, it may need refinement. Originality/value ‐ The prospective model is an attempt to produce entrepreneurs and small business owners. This is critical in South Africa where entrepreneurs/business start-ups are in critical shortage. No known study on work integrated learning (WIL) in entrepreneurship in higher education has been conducted in South Africa or such a model presented.
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Keywords: Entrepreneurialism; Experiential learning; Small to medium-sized enterprises; South Africa; Workplace learning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-05-30

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