Popular Misconceptions of Entrepreneurship Education in a Higher Education Institution in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

  • C. Olele University of Port Harcourt
  • C. Uche University of Port Harcourt

Abstract

Entrepreneurship is now a very important course in higher education institutions in Nigeria. This has become necessary in view of the high level of unemployment of graduates which has and is still causing youth restiveness. Being enterprising is vital for job and wealth creation as prerequisites for economic and political stability. Universities are power-houses of knowledge, and as such should take a lead in producing graduates with entrepreneurial skills and mindset to tackle unemployment crisis. Using a survey design, the study investigated  the level  of  misconceptions of  entrepreneurship  education among  students; ascertained  the  extent to which students  who offered  entrepreneurship  education  have  entrepreneurial  mindset; identified  the teaching strategies mostly  used  for  teaching entrepreneurship education; and  analyzed the  contents of entrepreneurship  curriculum. Questionnaire items were the instrument used for data collection from 150 randomly sampled students in two faculties at the University of Port Harcourt. Frequencies, percentages, mean scores and z-test were the statistical tools used for analyzing the data. The findings identified six major misconceptions about entrepreneurship education among students. It established that the strategies  used for  teaching/learning entrepreneurship  were not  experiential  and activity–oriented  to enhance  active construction of knowledge; and that the focus of  the curriculum contents were basically  on entrepreneurial learning  skills only, although the students have entrepreneurial mindset. The following recommendations were made: (1) The National University Commission (NUC) should liaise with university authorities to collaborate with entrepreneurial experts, curriculum experts, educational technologists, policy-makers and politicians, to form a forum and re-design entrepreneurship education curriculum, paying attention to activities, delivering strategies, and generic skills; (2) Workshops and seminars to be conducted in all faculties where local entrepreneurs from different related fields peculiar to each faculty are invited to share success stories, and business-starting fundamentals to an audience of students and teachers, among others.

Author Biographies

C. Olele, University of Port Harcourt
Lecturer, Department of Curriculum Studies & Educational Technology
C. Uche, University of Port Harcourt
Lecturer, Dertment of Educational Management
Published
2013-04-12
Section
Articles

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