Following ISBE 2017: Enterprise Education

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Reflections from Enterprise Education track chairs, Breda O’Dwyer & Kelly Smith

The track was invigorating and insightful and evidence of the growing research in Entrepreneurship Education globally. Certainly the presenters and audience welcomed and debated the removal of borders between entrepreneurship and other disciplines AND between entrepreneurship education and practice.

However, the border of ‘assessment’ and its right to passage remains an area worthy of further deep and insightful research.

Papers presented addressed the increasing number of innovative learning practices being applied in the field, along with questioning and measuring the impact of competition-based pedagogies. Evidence of the value of multidisciplinary approaches were presented along with team-teaching across all levels of education.

Nicolette Michels awarded Best Enterprise Education track paper for ‘Supporting Enterprise Educators: A Decade of Best Practice’, written with Kate Beresford and the late Richard Beresford

The track also provided much discussion on the research methods being applied to entrepreneurship education, and we are beginning to see the research methodology landscape opening more to qualitative-based and mixed methods. We also witnessed increasing attention being given to the educators in the field and the value of their participation in networking.

The border of assessment remains and presents a significant opportunity for research going forward and as a key enabler to the formation of an Entrepreneurship Education Community of Interest.

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