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Work integrated learning: Proposed plan for Murdoch Business School, team based learning and a business practicum unit

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Microsoft Word - Edit Alan Thompson_10.doc Entrepreneurship and Business Innovat ion by Alan Thompson Student Number 12018652 This thesis has been presented as part of the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Murdoch University. The thesis submission, which consists predominantly of published work, is made under the provisions of Section 28 (b) of the Postgraduate Research Degrees Regulations. Supervisor: Associate Professor Entrekin Murdoch Business School November 2006 Declaration I declare that this thesis is my own account of my research and contains as its main content work which has not previously been submitted for a degree at any tertiary education institution. Signature:……………………………………. Date:………………………………………….. Abstract This study has examined the knowledge required for the publication of an Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (E&BI) focused teaching text. The research design was based on a constructivist, interpretive paradigm, and utilised a qualitative methodology to support the development of a framework and content for a text. Data collection occurred through formal research, discovery and exploration of knowledge rather than verification, and was subject to my interpretation arising from my participation as an academic. The analysis of data required a conceptual framework to be developed consistent with the research paradigm, and be so designed as to provide a way for me through a participatory process, to identify and evaluate knowledge in E&BI and investigate the research questions. The study rationalised that E&BI educational programs must first be consistent with, and reflective of, the mission of the institution providing such programs, and also, must address the learning needs of students. Previous research undertaken for this thesis had clearly identified a

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