Entrepreneurship Education by Design

Grounding their work in the ideas of a psychologist and linguist Lev Vygotsky, Leif Christian Lahn and Truls Erikson reconceptualize the development of entrepreneurial expertise as artefact-mediated activity and contrast it with other approaches to entrepreneurial education.

Entrepreneurship Education by Design

Entrepreneurship Education by Design

In this exploratory study, the authors explore how a pedagogical model based on artefact mediation differs from effectuation theory and describe a piloting of these principles in a Master of Science program in entrepreneurship where students learn using a number of artifacts as "scaffolds". The findings indicate that employment of these principles may improve systematic self-reflection and learning to learn among master’s students in practice-based programs.

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Soviet psychologist and linguist Lev Vygotsky (1896 - 1934) built a theory that united cognition and artifacts. Rather than taking cognition as given, Vygotsky introduced a new way of thinking about it, showing that out thoughts are the outcomes of our involvement with physical and social worlds around.

Truls Erikson is a professor and director of Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Published Oct. 10, 2016 1:48 PM