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Christy Benson and Gary Palin research presented in New Zealand

The Elon University colleagues worked with peers from the Dublin Institute of Technology in researching transformative learning pedagogies.

Gary Palin and Christy Benson


Gary Palin, executive director of the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and senior lecturer of entrepreneurship, presented a paper, “Agents of Change: Using Transformative Learning Theory to Enhance Social Entrepreneurship Education," on June 11 at the International Council for Small Business World Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

The paper, co-authored with Christy Benson, assistant professor of business law and ethics; Thomas Cooney, professor and director of the Institute for Minority Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology; and Kathleen Farrell, lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology, addresses how educators can apply transformative learning theories to catalyze social entrepreneurial behavior among undergraduate business students.

The paper uses case studies from the United States and Ireland to explore how transformative learning pedagogies can be applied to enhance entrepreneurial cognition, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and achieve deeper social and personal impacts.

Eric Townsend,
6/15/2012 10:43 AM