HOW AM I BRINGING AN EDUCATIONALLY ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT INTO HIGHER EDUCATION?
Abstract of PhD Submission to Dublin City University, 2012
The originality of my research lies in clarifying and explaining what it means for me to have an
educational entrepreneurial spirit and the values I hold that demonstrate this spirit in an explanation
of educational influence in learning. This explanation includes a responsibility for students and
acknowledging my values of passion and care ('love' of what I do), safety, creativity and excellence
within my practice.
The unit of appraisal in a living theory methodology is the explanation of the influence in my own
learning, the learning of others and in the learning of social formations. The methodological
inventiveness, particular to the Living Educational Theory methodology, has afforded me an
opportunity to express who I really am; body, mind and spirit. I use multimodal forms to
communicate and express of the nature of the knowledge that I am generating. I can now claim that
my values have become living standards of judgement.
Music plays an integral part of my life and has been a source of enjoyment and inspiration for me
over the years. I have shown its importance by embedding it within my doctoral research to express
and represent the meaning of emotion.
I explain the importance of addressing emotion in education and the merits of reflecting on our
experiences in order to become more educationally entrepreneurial, by taking risks, awakening our
creativity and bringing ideas into action.
Within these safe educational spaces I connect the head with the heart, marry the 'sense and
soul' (Wilber, 1988) to combine a constructivist, behaviourist, cognitive pedagogical approach that
avoids a fragmented learning experience as I inspire others to bring their ideas to fruition.
You can download the PhD in the following parts in PDF format from Yvonne Crotty's Homepage. Most of the files vary between 10-80Mbs and will take some time to download
Frontpage (i); Acknowledgements (iii-iv); Contents (v-xiv); Abstract (xv) pagesi-xv (16.8Mb)
For clarity and ease of access you might like to access the contents - pages v-xiv - here
MY ONTOLOGY - INTRODUCTION (24.2Mb) pages 1-24
Chapter One - The Formative Years - pages 25-56
Chapter Two - On a Different Note: A Game in Two Halves - pages 57-71
Chapter Three - Three Steps to Heaven - pages 72-113
References for Ontology Section - pages 114-121
MY METHODOLOGY (10.1Mb)
Chapter Four - There's method in my madness - pages 122-160
References for Methodology Section - pages 161-165
MY EPISTEMOLOGY (80.9 Mb)
Chapter Five - Using an Educational Entrepreneurial Approach - pages 166-178
The Stepping Stone to Chapter Six, Seven and Eight - pages 179-181
Chapter Six - The Art of Possibility in a Safe Place - pages 182-210
Chapter Seven - The Dissertation Journey: My role as a Supervisor - pages 211-272
Chapter Eight - On a World Stage - pages 273-294
End Note - pages 295-306
References - My Epistemology - pages 307-312.
Bibliography - pages 313-326.