Experiential learning and the entrepreneurial university: An Irish case study

Emily O ‘Flynn, Simon Stephens, Isobel Cunningham, Anne Burke, Christopher McLaughlin

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This paper explores the use and impact of experiential learning initiatives in an entrepreneurial university. Data are taken from two sources: interviews with eight academic managers and six focus groups with learners. A mix of narrative structuring and thematic analysis is used to explore the design, delivery and assessment of experiential learning. The authors apply Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory as their theoretical lens. Experiential learning evokes a mixed reaction from academic managers and students. The paper identifies three key themes (design, delivery and outcomes) which help to capture the complex mix of direct and indirect effects that experiential learning initiatives can have at both individual and institutional levels. The authors conclude that embedding experiential learning is a valuable part of the development of an entrepreneurial university.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-672
Number of pages10
JournalIndustry & Higher Education
Issue number5
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 19 Jan 2023

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  • experiential learning
  • assessment
  • entrepreneurial university
  • pedagogy
  • curriculum
  • Entrepreneurial university


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