Research objectives

A new entrepreneurship-learning paradigm

Methodology and theory

PACE establishes theoretically a new entrepreneurship-learning paradigm.

The PACE project contributes to theory development in several distinct but hitherto divided areas - including the understanding of entrepreneurship, creative processes and entrepreneurial identity formation, creativity research, learning theory, pedagogy and didactics. But most importantly the theoretical potential lies in its integration of research on entrepreneurship and creativity on the one hand with research on learning, pedagogy and didactics on the other.

PACE contributes methodologically by applying principles of praxisbased research combining approaches from psychology, ethnography and action research.

So far research into own praxis in the field of entrepreneurship has been wanting. Indeed, most educational initiatives are implemented on the basis of belief rather than knowledge about what works and what does not.

The PACE project implements new and innovative methodology using a mixed methods approach (interventions, observation, measurement).

The ambition is to triangulate novel with known activities and tools, and develop tailored versions of these in order to obtain a varied understanding of the phenomenon. Thus, just applying this methodology is an innovative step within entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.

Practically, PACE will develop a coherent system of educational techniques that can be used individually or in combination.

Results

PACE will provide results at three levels:

  1. Didactical implications on course level: Indicating how courses should be constructed depending on target group and entrepreneurial learning goal.
  2. Entrepreneurial curriculum level: Indicating how a number of courses could be combined in order to move students through a coherent learning path, integrating progression in learning goals.
  3. Educational policy level: Suggesting how to allocate resources to education in ways that promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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