Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (Print ISSN: 1098-8394; Online ISSN: 1528-2651)


Students Entrepreneurial Intention Changes Due to Entrepreneurial Education Exposure: The Experimental Design Approach

Author(s): Ayotunde Adetola Adelaja, Mohd Sobri Minai

This study examines the effectiveness of students’ exposure to entrepreneurial education and its effects in enhancing students’ entrepreneurial intention using an innovative approach, the experimental design approach. A study was conducted in Nigeria, where the data were collected two times, from the same respondents. This approach differs from the common approach that uses a one-time cross-sectional study to obtain the perception of such changes. This approach provides more precise information on their intention at the time the data being collected, and the comparison is assumed to be more accurate and reliable. A simple random sampling technique was used in selecting the participants for the pre-test investigation and their answers are kept in a database using specific code to ensure the participant are correctly marked. This allows the same respondents being retained for the post-test investigation. A pairwise sample t-test was used to compare the students' entrepreneurial intention prior and after the exposure to entrepreneurial education. The results indicate insignificant differences in the student’s entrepreneurial intention before and after the exposure to the entrepreneurial education. This implies that the present entrepreneurial education in Nigeria cannot be proven as an effective tool to enhance the student’s entrepreneurial intention. The findings also provide opposite evidence regarding the norms stating that positive entrepreneurial intention changes due to entrepreneurial education exposure.