Comparing Attitudes to Entrerpeneurship Education among Business and Non-Business Undergraduate Students


  • Darryl James Cummins Ulster University


Entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship, non-business, business, pedagogy, teaching, learning


This reflective paper aims to explore attitudes to entrepreneurship education among both

business and non-business undergraduate students. Reporting on findings from a small

pilot study of final year university students, the paper highlights attitudes to the current and

perceived importance of entrepreneurship in the curriculum, and examines the role

students believe the topic should actually play in their courses.


Findings reveal a considerable gap, especially among non-business students, between the

current importance placed on entrepreneurship education in the curriculum, compared to

the role they believe it should play. The majority of business students believe

entrepreneurship should play a major role in their course, while the majority of nonbusiness

students believe that entrepreneurship has a part to play in their course, albeit in

a ‘minor’ role. Only a small minority of non-business students believe that

entrepreneurship has no role at all to play in their course.


Limitations and suggestions for future research are provided, the latter focusing on more

qualitative enquiry to probe some of the issues raised in much greater depth.








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