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Clark, Treva A. (2015) COMMONALITIES IN BASIC BUSINESS EDUCATION DELIVERED THROUGH MICROFINANCE. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study, undertaken within the context of multiple objectives and varying measures of success applied by microfinance institutions (MFIs), examines points of commonality present in basic business education delivered as a microcredit plus service by microfinance lenders. By comparing the curricula and delivery methods developed and delivered by microfinance institutions of distinct operational categories (Non-Profit Organizations, Non-Banking Financial Institutions, and Commercial Entities), a core set of common elements emerged reflecting curricular content and delivery methods derived from existing practice as well as content grounded in educational theory and appropriate instructional pedagogy. When used to inform basic business education in microfinance, realized contributions could include greater assessment potential leading to more successful lender and borrower experiences. A combined academic perspective was applied as the conceptual frame, bridging the disciplines of educational theory, business and economic development, and sociology in formation of human capital. The results of this research further the discourse regarding the provision of microcredit plus services as a crucial component of successful microfinance delivery in multiple contexts, and support the argument for the consistent inclusion of basic business education with microcredit loans.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Clark, Treva A.tac41@pitt.eduTAC41
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJacob, W. Jameswjacob@pitt.eduWJACOB
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michael G.mgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberMcClure, Maureen W.mmcclure@pitt.eduMMCCLURE
Committee MemberPicard, Louis A.picard@pitt.eduPICARD
Date: 24 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 July 2015
Approval Date: 24 September 2015
Submission Date: 31 August 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 195
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Microfinance, development education, microcredit, microenterprise, microcredit plus services
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 15:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:30


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