The Pedagogical Side of Entrepreneurship Theory

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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James O. Fiet

University of Louisville - College of Business and Public Administration

Date Written: 2001


As the United States enters a significant newera of entrepreneurship, strategies for teaching entrepreneurship effectivelybecome an important aspect of entrepreneurship scholarship. A growing demandfor information on how to launch a business has caused a surge in the number ofclasses and programs in entrepreneurship. Acknowledging the difficulty ofteaching theory to entrepreneurship students -- given the frequent complaints,"Theory is boring!" "Lectures are boring!" "School isboring!” – the author argues that an effective strategy for teaching theory tostudents must be approved by students and monitored by teachers. The most effective measure is to establish a student-approved system forclass meetings, requiring students to practice specific skills. In this way,students acquire competencies by practicing theory-based activities. Goodtheory can always pass the test of applicability, and if teachers fail to teachtheir students how to apply it, it is the faculty of the instructor ratherthanthe theory. This approach gives the classroom a less teacher-centeredposition and introduces more variety and surprise by delegating learningactivities to students. The obstacles to the success of this approach are also examined, includingthe loss of predictability during class and the need ofteacherpreparation for multiple class scenarios (a major time commitment to thesuccess of the class). The greatest advantage of using a theory-based activityapproach is that students will learn theory that can improve their chances asentrepreneurs. (CBS)

Keywords: Opinion paper/position paper/essay, Theoretical, Entrepreneurship education, Active learning, Theories, Teaching methods

Suggested Citation

Fiet, James O., The Pedagogical Side of Entrepreneurship Theory (2001). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN:

James O. Fiet (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - College of Business and Public Administration ( email )

Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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