n South African Journal of Higher Education - Popular misconceptions of entrepreneurship education in a higher education institution in Nigeria

Volume 26, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This study investigated the levels of misconceptions of entrepreneurship education among students; ascertained the extent to which students who were offered entrepreneurship education have entrepreneurial mindsets; identified the teaching strategies mostly used for teaching entrepreneurship education; and analysed the contents of the entrepreneurship curriculum. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 150 randomly sampled students from two faculties at the University of Port Harcourt, in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Frequencies, percentages, mean scores and z-tests were the statistical tools used to analyse the data. The findings identified six major misconceptions about entrepreneurship education among students; it further established that the strategies used for teaching/learning entrepreneurship education were not experiential and activity oriented enough to enhance active participation of students; and that the focus of the curriculum content was basically on entrepreneurship learning skills only, although the students have entrepreneurship mindsets. The following recommendations were made: University authorities should collaborate with entrepreneurial experts, curriculum experts, educational technologists, policy-makers and politicians, in order to form a forum and re-design the entrepreneurship education curriculum, paying attention to contents, activities, delivering strategies, and personality development, inter alia.

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