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Research on pedagogical entrepreneurship: A literature review based on studies from Finland, Iceland and Sweden
School of Education, University of Iceland, Reykjavık, Iceland.
Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
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2016 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 7, no 2, 159-182 p., 30036Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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Strategies for entrepreneurship in the educational system are present not only in the Nordic countries, but also in the majority of other Western countries. Linked to these strategies different research efforts have been made. Although the research efforts have a common origin in supranational policies on entrepreneurship, there has been little research analysing the similarities and differences in how the topic is addressed by researchers in different countries. Being able to relate to both the policy and the available research in a nuanced way is important especially in the context of teacher education. The purpose of this article is to review the most recent research in pedagogical entrepreneurship from three countries: Finland, Iceland and Sweden. The aim is to discover whether the common phenomena of entrepreneurship in an educational context are approached differently in these three countries. The review of 21 articles in all, covering aim, method, concepts, references and results, draws a rather fragmented picture of the research. The main results are that the reviewed research was mostly qualitative and covered the entire spectrum from theoretical research to practice-oriented research. A variety of concepts were used. The analysis of the use of references uncovered a need to be more aware of including research from neighbouring regions. The research field seems to be quite lively and is still developing. However, it would benefit from a better dialogue between researchers in order to strengthen the contribution of Nordic research on pedagogical entrepreneurship.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 2, 159-182 p., 30036
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literature review, pedagogical entrepreneurship, Finland, Iceland, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121944DOI: 10.3402/edui.v7.30036OAI: diva2:935536
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-08-05Bibliographically approved

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