Entrepreneurship Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions

Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo, Ph.D. (Editor)
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship, Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: BUS025000

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The debate about whether or not entrepreneurship can be taught is being laid to rest because there is now a consensus among scholars that, though the teaching of entrepreneurship is a science as well as an art, it can be taught. This has equally led to the rapid expansion of entrepreneurship education within its offerings at higher educational institutions. While entrepreneurship is being offered as a degree programme at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in some countries, the education is offered within the curriculum of primary and secondary education as well as in vocational training and lifelong learning settings. Despite these remarkable developments, the consensus is yet to be reached on what and how entrepreneurship should be taught. This has led to the adoption of different pedagogic approaches by different countries and higher institutions. The recent thinking, however, suggests that there is a changing pattern from conventional teaching to modern methods based on action learning. As noted by Brush, Neck & Greene (2015), a practice-based approach will encourage students to go beyond rote memorisation of the content of entrepreneurial discipline, but navigate the discipline through practices of play, emphathy, creation, experimentation, and reflection.

Consequently, the awareness of this shift elicits the need to compile the experiences of various entrepreneurship educators to further understand the opportunities and challenges associated with entrepreneurship education as well as its future directions. These experiences will assist in understanding what is working and what is not. It is important to note that entrepreneurship education has gone beyond the specific concept of a business startup, but now includes a broader concept of education that can develop entrepreneurial attitudes and skills of students, hence it still holds great opportunities for the future. That is, the problems of the world today, especially as it relates to poverty, inequalities and sustainability, needs students and leaders who can think and act entrepreneurially in order to act on opportunities that generate economic and social value (Brush et al., 2015). Considering these great potentials of entrepreneurship education, there is a need for educators to be innovative and enthusiastic, as well as having a positive attitude toward and self-efficacy in entrepreneurship. Therefore, every support is required for entrepreneurship education, especially in the new age of economic knowledge.
This book is a collection of studies and experiences relating to entrepeneurship education, and the chapters are mixtures of conceptual, review, and empirical papers from different perspectives that provide learning tools for all stakeholders in entrepreneurship promotion and development. The book touches on many aspects of entrepreneurship education, which include curriculum design, pedagogy issues, teaching and learning experience, practice of entrepreneurship, and framework for entrepreneurship delivery. While the book cannot be said to have exhausted all issues about entrepreneurship education, it is a contribution to the ongoing discussions on it. (Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Enhancing Academic Curriculum for Entrepreneurship Education in Nigeria: Insights from Theory and Practice
(Titilayo Olubunmi Olaposi, PhD, African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria)

Chapter 2. Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education: A Challenging New Field for Research Integrating Sustainability Ethics
(Jean-Jacques Obrecht, Strasbourg University, Strasbourg, Alsace, France)

Chapter 3. Entrepreneurship Education: A New Perspective for European University Education
(Valeria Caggiano, PhD and Humphrey Akanazu, PhD, Department of Education in Roma, TRE University, Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4. Entrepreneurship Education Delivery in Africa: Future Direction
(Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo, PhD, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria)

Chapter 5. Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship in Higher Learning Institutions for Impact: An African Perspective
(Peter Nkirina Severina, PhD, Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya)

Chapter 6. Entrepreneurship and Pharmacy Practice in Nigeria
(S. G. Jolaosho and Margaret Olubunmi Afolabi, PhD, Renicot Pharmaceuticals Ltd, U.I. Post Office, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 7. Technological Entrepreneurship Culture and the Potential for Knowledge-Based Economic Development in Nigeria: A Discourse
(Adesina Ayobami Oyewale, PhD, National Centre for Technology Management, (An Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria)

Chapter 8. Strengthening Graduate Employability in a Developing Economy through Social Entrepreneurs
(Chux Gervase Iwu, Bulelwa Mandyoli, and Zinzi Magoda, Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 9. Resource Allocation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Africa: Challenges and Implications in Kenya
(Peter Nkirina Severina, PhD, Department of Business and Entrepreneurship, Karatina University, Kenya)

Index

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship education; Technological entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial intention; Sustainable entrepreneurship; Social entrepreneurship

Audience: Entrepreneurship researchers and educators, as well as entrepreneurship policy-makers are the primary target audience of this book. However, other stakeholders, such as administrators of higher educational institutions, who are interested in setting a good stage for entrepreneurship education in their institutions, would also find the book useful.

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