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Title: Capacity development through digital informal learning experiences: An exploration of the entrepreneurial competency development of self-employed Canadian mothers using a learning ecologies framework
Author: Johnson, Nicole
Director: Sangrà Morer, Albert
González Sanmamed, Mercedes
Keywords: informal learning
lifelong learning
digital learning
learning ecologies
female entrepreneurship
Issue Date: 9-Feb-2021
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Many Canadian women pursue self-employment during motherhood to create flexible working conditions. Although there is ample literature on the motherhood penalty and female entrepreneurship, little research exists on the development of entrepreneurial competencies through digital informal learning and how this impacts capacity development. An ethnographic approach guided the design of a mixed-methods research study, which focused on the digital learning experiences of 47 Canadian entrepreneurs who are mothers. A learning ecologies framework was applied to address the multidimensionality of individual learning experiences and the overall learning culture of the sample. The findings showed that the demands of motherhood influenced the learning culture of participants: learning was primarily informal and occurred in digital contexts, affording flexible learning experiences based on self-identified needs.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/136146
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