IMPACT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION ON ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTION AMONG A SAMPLE OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS

Elizabeth Chukwuma, Davies Egheosase Ojeaga Ogbeide

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While the number of entrepreneurship education programmes is growing, their impacts remain under-researched. Importantly, this study was designed to examine the impacts of entrepreneurial education on entrepreneurial intentions among a sample of undergraduates. Using a descriptive research design, data was collected from 166 participants. Analysis was done using inferential statistics (Chi square “X2”). Results revealed that students’ exposure to entrepreneurial education influences entrepreneurial intentions positively. That is intentions to become self employed in the future was triggered as a result of inculcating entrepreneurial skills, and knowledge. The study findings were discussed in the context of the Functional Theory (which posits that entrepreneurial education is performing its function as a social component of the society); as well as the Theory of Planned Behavior (which argues that intentions are the best predictors of behavior). Its implication for developing entrepreneurial mindset in the Nigerian youths to foster economic development was also emphasized.

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