International Journal of Entrepreneurship (Print ISSN: 1099-9264; Online ISSN: 1939-4675)

Abstract

Entrepreneurship Curriculum Contents and Entrepreneurial Development of University Students in Nigeria

Author(s): Olokundun Ayodele Maxwell, Ibidunni Ayodotun Stephen, Falola Olubusayo Hezekiah, Salau Odunayo Paul, Oyafunke-Omoniyi C O

The goal of this study was to examine the influence of the contents of an entrepreneurship curriculum as it relates to the entrepreneurial development of university students in Nigeria. In this descriptive research, quantitative content analysis followed by qualitative thematic analysis were used to examine the data collected through a survey and semi structured interviews conducted on entrepreneurship educators in a selected university in Nigeria. Results from the analysis showed that most educators opined that majority of the students in the selected university are able to develop critical thinking abilities and business idea generation competencies. However, the results also showed that the educators were of the opinion that most students are not able develop the confidence, commitment and drive for the achievement of entrepreneurial goals and aspirations at graduation. Therefore, it was recommended that entrepreneurship curricula in Nigerian universities should motivate the development of entrepreneurial mind-set and action. The study also recommended the engagement of real life scenarios in practical activities to motivate the development of the drive and commitment required for students to engage in entrepreneurship at graduation.