Entrepreneurship, Growth and Economic Development

Entrepreneurship, Growth and Economic Development

Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research

Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Mário Raposo, David Smallbone, Károly Balaton and Lilla Hortoványi

This timely book presents contemporary research on the key role of entrepreneurship in firm growth and development strategies. The contributors reveal that a high level of entrepreneurial activity contributes to economic growth, innovative activities, competition, job creation and local development.

Chapter 5: A New Approach to Testing the Effects of Entrepreneurship Education Among Secondary School Pupils

Jan Lepoutre, Wouter Van den Berghe, Olivier Tilleuil and Hans Crijns

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


Jan Lepoutre, Wouter Van den Berghe, Olivier Tilleuil and Hans Crijns INTRODUCTION Since entrepreneurship may serve as an important vehicle for economic and social prosperity, a plethora of actors in society have taken initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship through education at various stages of human development. In particular, it is argued that entrepreneurship education programmes should start at as early an age as possible (Wilson et al., 2004; World Economic Forum, 2009), because: to a greater or lesser degree in just about every culture there are sceptical or even hostile attitudinal barriers to entrepreneurship. [. . .] And hence the need for entrepreneurship education aimed specifically at young people, who are typically more open to self-exploration and usually more willing to challenge received wisdom and societal prejudice than are most adults. (World Economic Forum, 2009, p. 30). Entrepreneurship education programmes for teenage pupils, however, may also be confronted with many specific challenges. For example, teenage pupils are often not allowed to start up their own companies or may not have full control over their financial situation. Furthermore, career choices may be part of some distant future for teenagers. As a result, educational initiatives aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship may be perceived by teenagers as irrelevant, or may be long forgotten by the time actual career choices have to be made (Peterman and Kennedy, 2003). The question is then what entrepreneurial outcomes can be realized with entrepreneurship programmes among teenage pupils, and how. In line with previous work that has argued in favour of entrepreneurship education...

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