The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education
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The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Methods, Teachers and Innovative Programmes

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Dafna Kariv and Harry Matlay

This edited volume aims to bridge persistent research and practitioner gaps in entrepreneurship education theory and practice, as well as its relationship to main stakeholders. In 16 focused chapters, authored by leading international authorities in this topic, it offers new and innovative conceptual frameworks, research directions and illustrative case studies.
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Chapter 8: Enhancing students’ latent nascent entrepreneurship in basic education

Lenita Hietanen and Heikki Ruismäki

Abstract

Despite numerous entrepreneurship education (EE) guidelines and efforts, the number of start-ups created by secondary vocational or higher education graduates has not increased significantly. This qualitative comparative study examines three previous EE development cases using Fayolle’s (2013) framework for a generic EE teaching model and aims to strengthen EE even at the lower educational levels. It asks what phase of the entrepreneurial path the students were able to achieve when they participated in the interventions and which elements of basic education can improve students’ awareness of their possible latent nascent entrepreneurship (LNE). The findings show that EE should be taken as a communal task at the institutional level by ensuring that both non-business contents as well as entrepreneurship contents and activities are studied. Enhancing interaction between nearby entrepreneurs and the institution could ensure that students gain adequate entrepreneurship knowledge despite the teachers’ possible lack of competence in EE.

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