A qualitative examination of faculty beliefs related to entrepreneurship education

Kirsten Hochstedt, Sarah Zappe, Elizabeth Kisenwether, Angela Shartrand

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As part of a larger NSF-funded research study, this paper begins to examine faculty members' beliefs related to entrepreneurship education and how these beliefs may be translated into practice in entrepreneurship programs and courses. A total of 26 faculty members participated in a semi-structured interview to examine their beliefs related to entrepreneurship education. These faculty members came from one of three large research institutions having strong entrepreneurship programs for undergraduate students. The faculty members were from various disciplines including engineering, business, and others. The interview protocol included questions relating to faculty beliefs of entrepreneurship education focusing on the following: 1. How do faculty members define the entrepreneurial mindset, or the characteristics necessary to be entrepreneurs? 2. Do faculty members believe that the entrepreneurial mindset is something that can be developed? Or do they feel that certain characteristics necessary to be an entrepreneur are innate to the person? 3. How do faculty members teach entrepreneurship? Is there a relationship between the faculty beliefs and the way that they teach entrepreneurship? We hypothesize that faculty members' beliefs will vary and that these beliefs are directly tied to how courses are taught, influencing both course content and the use of specific instructional strategies. We also hypothesize that beliefs are influenced by various characteristics of the individual faculty members. The qualitative data collected in this study provides a starting point into understanding faculty beliefs and serves as a launching point for the next steps in the project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Event2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Louisville, KY, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2010Jun 23 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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