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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Lynn Beck

First Committee Member

Ronald Hallett

Second Committee Member

Sylvia Turner


The long-term goal of this project was to inform the design of an entrepreneurial-focused charter school utilizing school-based enterprises (SBEs) to anchor a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum. The study was two parts: 1) to determine the extent of schools utilizing this innovative approach to teach an entrepreneurial-centered curriculum, and 2) to perform and initial feasibility study to determine potential for developing this school in Stockton, California. A content analysis supplemented with interviews and correspondences was used to determine that few, if any, schools in the United States emphasize entrepreneurship and utilize SBEs to support PBL. The feasibility study employed the expertise of education and business leaders to determine that the model has conditional strength. To be successful, the model must build on certain success factors, strong mission and leadership, well developed PBL curriculum and training, and community support, while addressing the legal and logistical challenges of operating school-wide SBEs in a high school environment.





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