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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

Module Title Enterprise Education and Team-based Learning
Module Code ES316
School 79

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Justin RamiOffice NumberCA114
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to explore conceptual frameworks and practices of enterprise education and team-based learning. The module investigates national and international policies underpinning enterprise education, and looks at how policy translates across the spectrum of educational practice, in particular focusing on vocational and further education. Throughout the course, students will investigate pedagogical approaches to foster a spirit of enterprise in education using team-based interventions. Team building and Community of Practice are considered valuable tools in fostering enterprise cultures, and as such the module covers theoretical and practical considerations in developing team based learning and practice. The module will encourage students to analyse the processes and challenges of creating successful frameworks for enterprise education as well as the team’s role in fostering an entrepreneurial environment. The module will also cover self-reflection and professional development within the rubric of team based approaches to enterprise education.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate a range of theoretical & conceptual frameworks in relation to both enterprise education and team learning
2. Identify and critique examples of best practice in enterprise education and team learning
3. Critically assess Irish further education enterprise education programmes.
4. Synthesise and summarise individual and group research on the theory and practice of enterprise education and team learning
5. Examine and reflect on the student's own experience of team learning
6. Present research findings in a team format

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study53No Description
Independent Study48No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction, outline, expectations, assignments, reading list, moodle
• Expectation of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs • Definitions & Examples

Entrepreneurship, enterprising people –
• Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Definitions • Nature vs. Nurture Debate • Trait & Behaviours Research • Education Definitions • Social Entrepreneurship • Public Entrepreneurship

The Role of Enterprise Education in Socio- Economic Policy development
• Irish & EU Policy Frameworks • EU and international Enterprise Education Policy • Enterprise education policy in Primary and Secondary Level in Ireland • Enterprise education practice at Primary Level & Secondary in Ireland

Enterprise Education: HEI programmes
• Irish approaches : University: DCU Policy & Practice Vocational / Adult Learning • Durham University: UK • Babson College: USA Enterprise Education: HEI programmes • Irish approaches : University: DCU Policy & Practice Vocational / Adult Learning • Durham University: UK • Babson College: USA • Finland/Denmark

Team dynamics, relationships & development
• Communities of Practice • Community Dynamics • Creating Teams • Challenges

Reading week

Community of practices & processes
• Review to date • Communities of Practice expanded • CoP & Implications for learning

Developing teams, in a learning context
• Evaluating learning and team effectiveness • Pivoting

Analysis & reflection in team learning approaches
• Case Study of enterprise education programme and communities of practice in a vocational/ adult learning setting • Personal and Team based reflection • Tools for evaluation

Innovative approaches to Enterprise Education and Team Learning

Curriculum & Teacher development for enterprise
• Challenges to curriculum development • Action Research as a method for professional development

Review Q&A

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Belbin RM: 1981, Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail,,
  • David Deakins, Mark Freel: 0, Entrepreneurship and Small Firms, 9780077136451
  • Corson, D: 1991, Education for Work: Background to Policy and Curriculum, Clevedon,
  • Stuart Read (Author), Saras Sarasvathy (Author), Nick Dew (Author), Robert Wiltbank (Author), Anne-Valérie Ohlsson (Author): 0, Effectual Entrepreneurship, ISBN-10: 0415586445 ISBN-13: 978-0415586443
  • Simon Bridge Ken O’Neill: 0, Understanding Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISBN-10: 0230308090 ISBN-13: 978-0230308091
  • Dr David Rae: 0, Entrepreneurship: From Opportunity to Action, ISBN-10: 1403941750 ISBN-13: 978-1403941756
  • Stella Cottrell: 0, Skills for Success: Personal Development and Employability, SBN-10: 0230250181 ISBN-13: 978-0230250185
  • Etienne Wenger: 0, Communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity, 0521663636
  • Belbin RM: 1996, How to Build Successful Teams. The Belbin Way., Butterworth/Heinemann,., Oxford,
  • Bines, H & Welton, J: 1995, Managing partnership in teacher training & development., Routledge,., London,
  • Chang, Y: 1994, Building a Dynamic Team.,
  • Cohen. EG: 1994, Designing Groupwork,
  • Cook, JA, Staniforth, D & Stewart, J (: 1997, The Learning Organization in the Public Services, Gower Publishing,, Hampshire.,
  • Crawford, M, Kydd, L & Riches, C (eds).: 1997, Leadership & teams in educational management., OUP,., Buckingham,
  • Drucker, PF.: 1985, Innovation & Entrepreneurship : practice & principle., Heinemann,., London,
  • Easterby-Smith, M, Araujo, L & Burgoyne, J.: 1999, Organizational Learning & the Learning Organization., Sage Publications,., London,
  • Forrest, G: 1992, Business Partners, working with education.,
  • Garavan, TN, Hogan, C & Cahir-O’Donnell, A.: 2003, Making Training & Development work : a best practice guide, Oak Tree Press,., Cork,
Other Resources

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