Experiential Learning within an 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
within an entrepreneurial university. Data is 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. We
apply the Experiential Learning Theory proposed by Kolb (1984) as our
theoretical lens. Experiential learning evokes a mixed reaction from the
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 both at an individual and institutional level. We conclude that
embedding experiential learning is a valuable part of the development of
an entrepreneurial university.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustry & Higher Education
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 19 Jan 2023


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


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