FOSTERING DEEP LEARNING AMONGST ENTREPRENEURSHIP STUDENTS IN A NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY: PLANNING PHASE

  • Umaru Mustapha Zubairu Federal University of Technology Minna.
  • Chetubo Kuta Dauda Federal University of Technology Minna.
  • Olalekan Busra Sakariyau Federal University of Technology Minna
  • Isa Imam Paiko Federal University of Technology, Minna
  • Emanuel Olayiwola Oni Federal University of Technology Minna

Abstract

In light of the growing problem of unemployment amongst young graduates in Nigeria, entrepreneurship has been heralded by the Nigerian government as a viable solution. Nigerian universities have thus been mandated to provide students with entrepreneurial skills, which will enable them to establish viable businesses upon graduation. An important prerequisite for this important objective to be achieved is that lecturers ensure that students adopt a deep learning approach towards entrepreneurship courses been taught, as this will enable them to truly understand key entrepreneurial concepts and strategies and how they can be implemented in the real world. It is against this backdrop that the lecturers of the Entrepreneurship and Business Studies Department at the Federal University of Technology, Minna decided to develop and implement a holistic educational intervention with the ultimate objective being to foster deep learning amongst entrepreneurship students. This paper presents the planning phase of this plan and presents a comprehensive review of entrepreneurship-related deep learning scholarship in order to identify various strategies that have been found to be effective in promoting deep learning amongst students. The review revealed three categories of strategies: 1) Course content strategies (case studies and writing tasks), 2) Course delivery strategies (Student-centered learning, Group work, Case Challenges and in-class simulations) and 3) Course assessment strategies (formative assessment, applied questions, oral presentations and written reports). These strategies were then combined into an effective toolkit, and a holistic educational intervention was then developed that will be implemented in the near future to foster deep learning amongst the entrepreneurship students enrolled at the Department.

Key words: Deep learning, Entrepreneurship, University students, Youth unemployment, Nigerian society

Author Biographies

Umaru Mustapha Zubairu, Federal University of Technology Minna.
Umaru Mustapha Zubairu is a lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He is currently a PhD accounting candidate at the International Islamic University Malaysia.
Chetubo Kuta Dauda, Federal University of Technology Minna.
Chetubo Kuta Dauda is a lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sokoto, Nigeria.
Olalekan Busra Sakariyau, Federal University of Technology Minna
Dr. Olalekan Busra Sakariyau is a lecturer with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He obtained his PhD in Entrepreneurship from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Isa Imam Paiko, Federal University of Technology, Minna
Isa Imam Paiko is a lecturer with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
Emanuel Olayiwola Oni, Federal University of Technology Minna
Professor Emanuel Olayiwola Oni is a lecturer with the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Studies at the Federal University of Technology Minna. He is also the Dean of the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology.
Published
2016-11-16

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