Preparing Freelancers of the Future: A teaching case study

Amy Gerrard, Isaac Oduro Amoako

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This teaching case study focuses on a method developed by the Centre for Entrepreneurship at
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) for preparing students to enter the workforce as a Freelancer or Independent Consultant. This method has been carefully crafted, based on student feedback and calls for this type of training, bringing in to sharp focus the balance of policy, pedagogy and practice.
The starting point is a reflection on constructivist philosophies of education, tested models that inform entrepreneurship education, and an evaluation of students’ demand for a specific skill-set to face the freelancing economy. The questions that were posed and answered throughout the case study
provide trigger points for reflection, where both educators and researchers can ask the same
questions to evoke results at their own institutions. The model that emerged from this case study can also be applied, and adapted in its current form, providing educators with a robust pro forma for their own curriculum development. This model has implications for entrepreneurship education and pedagogy and for students hoping to freelance
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 41st Annual Conference: Research, policy and practice: Collaboration in a disparate world - Crowne Plaza, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Nov 20188 Nov 2018
Conference number: 41


ConferenceInstitute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 41st Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleISBE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Entrepreneurship education
  • pedagogy
  • consultants
  • Freelancer


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