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Entrepreneurship through Multidisciplinary Learning: A Cooperative Procedural Framework for Implementation

Lok Boon Thian, Wai Keng Choong, and Yen Heng Chang

Abstract—Governments and higher education institutions around the world have expressed a strong opinion that entrepreneurship among students must be enhanced to address the concern of graduate employability post-pandemic. Supporting this agenda, the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia has launched a national Entrepreneurship Action Plan and a guide for Entrepreneurship Integrated Curriculum in 2021. While teaching entrepreneurship in higher education has gained great acceptance, transforming a traditional university to nurture student entrepreneurs is still challenging. A key challenge is to transform faculty-centric learning into multidisciplinary learning so that students from different disciplines can work cooperatively to enhance the success of an entrepreneurship venture. Hence, a design-based study has been conducted at a private university in Malaysia, with a cooperative procedural framework developed and improved through two cycles of implementation over one year period. The study was participated by academics and students from more than six disciplines including computing, design, business, bioscience, culinary art, and communication. The proposed framework highlights the importance of intentional alignment among the curriculum of collaborating courses, the mindset of collaborating academics and students, as well as the supporting ecosystem. The framework has expanded the practical knowledge of multidisciplinary learning implementation by detailing the practical steps to ensure its effective implementation. The proposed framework could be extremely helpful for institutions that are struggling to implement multidisciplinary learning across faculties, supporting the entrepreneurship agenda of the institutions.

Index Terms—Entrepreneurship, multidisciplinary learning, cooperative learning, procedural framework, higher education, Malaysia.

Lok Boon Thian and Yen Heng Chang are with the Centre for Future Learning and School of Education, Taylor’s University, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail: lokboon.thian@taylors.edu.my).
Wai Keng Choong is with Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace and The Design School, Taylor’s University, Selangor, Malaysia.

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General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2021: 1.3), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Electronic Journals Library, Google Scholar, Crossref, etc.
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net

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