Journals and jottings on entrepreneurial learning journeys.
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FULFORD, H. and BAILEY, M. 2014. Journals and jottings on entrepreneurial learning journeys. In Galbraith, B. (ed.) Proceedings of the 9th European conference on innovation and entrepreneurship (ECIE 2014), 18-19 September 2014, Belfast, UK. Reading: Academic Conferences Ltd [online], pages 198-206. Available from: http://www.proceedings.com/24280.html
Review of relevant literature highlighted that entrepreneurs need help to reflect on, and make sense of, the challenges and opportunities that occur during the entrepreneurial process. For students who are unfamiliar with the entrepreneurial process, the notion of reflection can be even more daunting. The project outlined in this paper was set up to explore the design and development of learning resources to help students make sense of the complexities of an entrepreneur's learning environment, and to develop effective reflection habits as a means to improving their own entrepreneurial practice. A guided approach to reflective practice was devised for students for use as they enact the entrepreneurial process during their venture creation projects. Although a full evaluation of the project is not yet complete, initial results indicate that students are finding the approach helpful, their fluency in reflection is increased and their understanding of the value of 'chewing over' entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities has grown. The breadth and depth of their learning environment seems to be clearer to them, and the importance of developing the habit of reflection is taken on board. Wider application of the project outcomes and outputs is envisaged among nascent entrepreneurs in mentoring / business advisory contexts.
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