Collaborative business planning in initial vocational education and training
Laine, K., & Hämäläinen, R. (2015). Collaborative business planning in initial vocational education and training. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 67 (4), 497-514. doi:10.1080/13636820.2015.1063000
Published inJournal of Vocational Education and Training
© 2015 The Vocational Aspect of Education Ltd. This is a final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published by Routledge. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.
There is a growing demand to enhance entrepreneurship. This study aims at producing knowledge that can assist teachers in designing and supporting collaborative learning of entrepreneurship in vocational education. A qualitative case study approach was adopted. The outcome of this study provides a better understanding of the factors that hinder and enable collaboration, as related to entrepreneurship education in initial vocational education and training. In practice, nine dimensions of descriptive factors that hindered the exercise and nine distinct descriptive factors that acted as enablers were identified. This study suggests that, although the script of the learning task creates the setting for collaborative learning, the positive style of working together seals the successfulness of the exercise. Moreover, designing the complexity of the computer-supported collaborative learning task seems to be a challenging process that balances between being simple enough and yet offering sufficient complexity. Finally, the findings illuminate the teacher’s support as a valuable part of the collaborative learning process. ...