Hur utvecklar enmansföretagare sin kompetens utifrån den uppfattade lärmiljön?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education2008 (Swedish)
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The purpose of this study is to gain understanding of how self employed entrepreneurs (hereafter referred to as “entrepreneurs”) develop their competence based on their perceived learning space. The main question is: How do these entrepreneurs develop their competence based on their perceived learning space? Other questions relevant for the study are: How important is the social environment for these entrepreneurs and how do they interact with their social environment in order to develop their competence. The study has a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews with six entrepreneurs were conducted, during March and April 2008. The main finding of this study is the process by which the entrepreneurs develop their competence based on their perceived learning space. This is done through interaction with the entrepreneurs’ social environment. With a specific work task in mind, the entrepreneur evaluates his/her own competence in order to solve the task at hand, and in parallell search for the needed competence in his/her social environment. The social environment is therefore found to be very important to the entrepreneurs in the study. The active and conscious interactions lead to learning and in turn to development of the individual competence. This approach is essential for the entrepreneur to keep up-to-date and to stay attractive on the work market. Another finding in the study is how the entrepreneurs are forced to be more selective in the development of their competence, compared to a traditional employee, i.e. the entrepreneur needs to be more aware of whether he or she will gain anything from engaging in the specific activity. The responsibility for development of the individual competence lies solely on the entrepreneur. The development of the competence is however not separated from the overall responsibility of the business, but can be seen as part of the daily work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 32 p.
Competence, Learning, Context, Learning space, Social environment, Social arenas, Social interaction, Entrepreneurs, Experiential learning, Affordances
Kompetens, Lärande, Kontext, Lärmiljö, Social omgivning, Sociala arenor, Socialt samspel, Enmansföretagare, Erfarenhetsbaserat lärande, Miljöpedagogik, Affordances
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8119DiVA: diva2:199596