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