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


Toward a Female Entrepreneurship Education Curriculum in Saudi Arabia

Author(s): Alghamdi, Amani Khalaf H, Wai Si El-Hassan, Ali Tared Aldossari, Hana S. Alrasheed

Despite the recent surge in female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia, there is a clear lack of scholarship around female entrepreneurship education (FEE) curriculum development. This paper shares qualitative insights from 10 Saudi female entrepreneurs gleaned from focused interviews. A content analysis (90% intercoder reliability) revealed lessons learned for what a female-oriented and -informed entrepreneurship education curriculum would look like in Saudi Arabia. Findings indicate that FEE curricula should include seven overarching elements, all informed by awareness of multi-faceted gendered issues: business, financing, networking, government support, cultural influence, thinking (e.g., creative, critical, lateral, design, etc.), and gender dominance and sensitivity (especially gaining independence from male authority). The paper concludes with a proposed blueprint for ensuring that Saudi FEE becomes a reality from a gendered perspective.

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