Why Experiential Learning works! Coneeect Sofia Day 1


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www.coneeect.eu - new EU-backed program to train new entrepreneurship educators in cutting-edge experiential learning. Guest speakers this time included Allan Gibb, Gary Schoeniger [Ice House] and me. Next event will be in Aberdeen, Scotland - check it out!

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Why Experiential Learning works! Coneeect Sofia Day 1

  1. 1. Educating Entrepreneurship Educators Coneeect is an international network of universities that offers training courses for academic entrepreneurship teachers to improve the Entrepreneurship Education across Europe. www.coneeect.eu
  2. 2. Coneeect Sofia Day 1: Why What We Do Works! Norris Krueger, PhD Norris.krueger[at]gmail.com @entrep_thinking Facebook, LinkedIn
  3. 3. What are we trying to do? • Why? How? • What do the very best programs know? • (Sturgeon’s Law?) • Great at Entrepreneurship • Great at Teaching (Theory and Practice)
  4. 4. Find the Right Frame: One Size Does Not Fit All • Research evidence in EE is scary… • Lack of theory • Lack of education theory • Theory gives us frameworks… –Impact = f(Pedagogy, Learners, Instructors and Context.. Including Stage) –Inputs  Throughputs  Outputs
  5. 5. Stages… examples of context • Lent’s model – • Ecosystem? –Human Capital –Social Capital –Political Capital • Engagement/Co-Immersion
  6. 6. “Greatest Hits” of Educational Research • Humans like to learn; humans are good at it! • Lesson Plans Help  [think I->T->O] • Action Changes Brains… with the right support • Cooperative Learning – “Jigsaw” • Flipped/inverted • Authentic Questions • You Get What You Measure • Mindset not Surface Knowledge – Critical developmental experiences – Problem-based learning – Non-cognitive >> cognitive
  7. 7. Evolution of education Key Focus of Pedagogy Key Assumption Example of Key Tool Teacher-centered Teacher transmits to passive students Memorization (lectures on entrepreneurial facts) Teaching -centered Recognizes le arning as a process ‘Skills & Drills ’ (e.g., writing business plans) Learner-centered Learners have ‘ownership’ of learning Case studies (e.g., assessing business plans) Learning-centered Learning is situated, students & teacher alike Problem-based learning (e.g., self-managed field projects)
  8. 8. So what IS the “entrepreneurial mindset”? • Learning ABOUT entrepreneurship (content) Versus? • Learning to BE/THINK entrepreneurial (mindset) ANY Mindset…. • Deep cognitive structures – deep anchoring assumptions • Intent, yes, but potential • Novice -> Expert
  9. 9. Intent? Specific Desirabilities Perceived Self-efficacy Perceived Desirabilities Propensity to Act Intentions Perceived Feasibility
  10. 10. Novice  Expert
  11. 11. Behaviorism vs Constructivism • Yeats? • Behaviorism? • Epictetus?? • Social learning • Situated learning • Existential learning
  12. 12. Keys to constructivistic learning • Authentic Questions; Big Questions • Co-Learning • Personal reflection • Peer support (peer mentoring) • Expert mentoring (need a chess master!) • Immersion in experience • Co-immersion in ecosystem
  13. 13. Best programs in the world? What do THEY do? • Virtually none are university-based but… – Chalmers, Stanford, Aalto… – Venture creation programs • Don’t incubate, accelerate? – Startup Weekend – Lean startup – TechStars, et al. /Global Accelerator Network – Y-Combinator /500 Startups /etc.