Special Issue "Entrepreneurship Education"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Tomasz Rachwał
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Department of Entrepreneurship and Spatial Management, Institute of Geography, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Kraków, Poland
Interests: entrepreneurship education; economic geography education; development of entrepreneurship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a Guest Editor, I would like to invite you to submit articles for publication in a Special Issue of Education Sciences that will focus on entrepreneurship education. We are looking for both empirical research and conceptual articles that will deal with experiences from different countries and the challenges facing entrepreneurship education.

Entrepreneurship is an extremely popular concept in the social and scientific discourse in recent years. Therefore, there are more and more types of "entrepreneurial" projects or strategies and programs aimed at its development. This is due to the fact that its role is widely recognized in the private life of people and the development of society, as well as the functioning of the economy and its entities. Therefore, entrepreneurship education is perceived as a very important factor influencing the dynamics of socio-economic development. Hence, in many countries, especially in Europe, entrepreneurship is treated as a key competence of educational systems.

Due to the fact that entrepreneurship is an ambiguous concept, variously defined on the basis of individual scientific disciplines, the starting point should be defining entrepreneurship for educational purposes and indicating competencies that fall within the scope of entrepreneurship. A recent, comprehensive conceptual proposal in this field is the study by S. Mitchelmore and J. Rowley (2010). However, different approaches to entrepreneurship in education are adopted in individual countries. The position and place of entrepreneurship varies in different education systems. The expected learning outcomes and the choice of teaching content and methods are also diversified. In addition, program reforms in this area are being carried out in many countries. Changes in this area are often a big challenge for all stakeholders of the education process. Therefore, it is important to exchange research results on the effects of entrepreneurship education at different levels, from kindergarten through primary and secondary school to the university. This can determine the best way to develop entrepreneurship education, which is of great application importance.

If you think you are interested and able to contribute to this Special Issue, please respond within two weeks and also include a brief description and title of your article.

Thank you for your consideration of this invitation.

Dr. Tomasz Rachwał
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • entrepreneurial competences
  • entrepreneurship education
  • business competences
  • key competences
  • teaching methods of entrepreneurship education

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Including the Dark Side of Entrepreneurship in the Entrepreneurship Education
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10080211 - 18 Aug 2020
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Pursuing an entrepreneurial career is often rewarding in terms of both economic and psychological outcomes. However, becoming an entrepreneur also has its darker side that affects professional and personal life. Meanwhile, the positivity bias is prevalent in entrepreneurial education and research. It is [...] Read more.
Pursuing an entrepreneurial career is often rewarding in terms of both economic and psychological outcomes. However, becoming an entrepreneur also has its darker side that affects professional and personal life. Meanwhile, the positivity bias is prevalent in entrepreneurial education and research. It is recognized as emphasizing the advantages of becoming an entrepreneur and giving considerably less attention to potential downsides. Based on the theoretical model of met expectations, it is proposed that building an accurate and balanced image of the entrepreneurial career is crucial to help students prepare to pursue it successfully. Using data from SEAS (Survey on Entrepreneurial Attitudes of Students) Project, authors quantitatively test the perception of the severity of negative aspects of entrepreneurship among 513 business students from northern Poland. Further, the results of 16 semi-structured qualitative interviews conducted with mature and experienced entrepreneurs from the same region are presented. They are focused on the entrepreneurs’ perspective on the experienced dark sides and reveal employed coping strategies. A call is made to include these findings in designing university entrepreneurship programs by eliciting the awareness of the existence of the dark sides and indicating the means of their attenuation. Full article
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Postgraduate Studies on Lean Management—A Review of Initiatives
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 197; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10080197 - 31 Jul 2020
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The article elaborates upon a successful model of postgraduate studies on lean manufacturing. The subject of the research was nine editions of the Kaizen Academy postgraduate studies organized by the Warsaw University of Technology and the Kaizen Institute in the years 2009–2018, that [...] Read more.
The article elaborates upon a successful model of postgraduate studies on lean manufacturing. The subject of the research was nine editions of the Kaizen Academy postgraduate studies organized by the Warsaw University of Technology and the Kaizen Institute in the years 2009–2018, that still enjoys interest in the market. A detailed qualitative analysis of this case, followed by a comparative analysis with other post-graduate programs of this type on the national, European, and global level should make it possible to find what is necessary to launch and actively operate for a long time in the (considerably competitive) market of qualification raising programs related to Lean Management (critical success factors). The study has also identified the differences between a successful program, analyzed in detail, and other available programs described in the literature and on the Internet. This has been achieved through a structured analysis of thirty-nine postgraduate programs identified by querying scientific databases and the Google Internet search engine. Best practices and models of postgraduate education on Lean Management have been discussed, and the thirty-nine programs comprising the identified sample have been compared. Considering the very general level of the data available in terms of the organization of postgraduate programs, it has also been assessed if they follow constructivism and experiential learning paradigms. This has been achieved by including the industrial days/visit indicator in the comparison. Given its high value, it has been identified as a success factor of the postgraduate curriculum on Lean Management. Full article
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Data Mining in Entrepreneurial Competencies Diagnosis
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(8), 196; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10080196 - 28 Jul 2020
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The aim of the paper is to diagnose the entrepreneurship competency levels among students to identify differences in competencies and their levels regarding gender, material status, and professional situation. In addition, the goal of the analysis is to indicate the competencies that need [...] Read more.
The aim of the paper is to diagnose the entrepreneurship competency levels among students to identify differences in competencies and their levels regarding gender, material status, and professional situation. In addition, the goal of the analysis is to indicate the competencies that need to be strengthened among individual groups of students. The research was conducted using a questionnaire by The European Entrepreneurship Competence (EntreComp) framework that was sent to students at the Pedagogical University of Cracow and the Rzeszow University. The rule induction method enabled us to discover dependencies that were not obvious among different competencies of respondents and their status. The research revealed that the surveyed women had completely different competencies than men. Good financial status has a positive impact on the self-assessment of competencies and worse-cause difficulties in assessing business ideas. Unemployed students need stimulation to take action, seek funding, share ideas, and protect them. Students running their businesses are able to identify market needs. The results revealed the following implications: It is important to verify the EntreComp methodology to examine how different groups are evaluating their entrepreneurial competencies; the data mining technique enables discover of new knowledge based on regularities hidden in data; and the results can be used to tailor special teaching programs for developing skills that individual subgroups lack. Full article
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Generation Z: Fitting Project Management Soft Skills Competencies—A Mixed-Method Approach
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10070187 - 21 Jul 2020
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Generation Z is arriving in the workforce. Do these youngsters have the skills and traits to fit project teams? This study reviews the literature concerning project management competencies and the traits that are associated with Generation Z. To deepen the understanding of its [...] Read more.
Generation Z is arriving in the workforce. Do these youngsters have the skills and traits to fit project teams? This study reviews the literature concerning project management competencies and the traits that are associated with Generation Z. To deepen the understanding of its members (Gen Zers) traits, we explore the self-awareness of their profile, strengths and weaknesses with an empirical study. We used a mixed-method approach, implementing a survey on a sample of 211 college students about to enter the labor market. Comparing our survey results with the literature, we identified differences that reveal some of the lack of awareness of Gen Zers about their traits. Further analysis also revealed a significant correlation between the most highlighted Generation Z traits and essential project management soft skills, pointing to Generation Z as a promissory asset in the project management field. However, other essential project management (PM) soft skills were not grounded in personality traits. Our findings, namely the lack of awareness and association results, suggest the need for further research on educational approaches and re-thinking and targeting education and training policies that could strengthen Generation Z soft skills. Our results also suggest reflections about whether the Gen Zers traits fit the PM competencies sought by organizations. Full article
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Assessment of Project Manager’s Competence in the Context of Individual Competence Baseline
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(5), 146; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10050146 - 21 May 2020
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This study’s aim is to determine the consistency of student opinions regarding the importance of individual skills in three areas—people, practice, and perspective—with expert assessment. The study group consisted of five-year students accredited by IPMA Poland. The team of experts was comprised of [...] Read more.
This study’s aim is to determine the consistency of student opinions regarding the importance of individual skills in three areas—people, practice, and perspective—with expert assessment. The study group consisted of five-year students accredited by IPMA Poland. The team of experts was comprised of recruiters, project management lecturers, assessors, and information technology (IT) industry project managers. Our research shows divergences in the approach to key competence that a project manager should have. This is understandable, given the specifics of the comparison. However, the analysis that has been conducted and presented will allow the curricula to be revised. The subsequent evaluation of curricula should address the changes in the labor market. Education should provide key competences, especially as modern project management requires a full spectrum of competences and approaches. Besides experience, project management is the most frequently pursued competence that is required in terms of staff recruitment criteria. The research resulting figures may be useful for recruiters, certification institutions, and universities. Full article
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Embedding E-Learning in Accounting Modules: The Educators’ Perspective
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040097 - 06 Apr 2020
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The aim of the paper is to investigate the benefits and drawbacks resulting from the implementation of e-learning in accounting modules among educators. The primary source of data was a questionnaire conducted among 79 accounting lecturers, employed by the leading Polish economic universities. [...] Read more.
The aim of the paper is to investigate the benefits and drawbacks resulting from the implementation of e-learning in accounting modules among educators. The primary source of data was a questionnaire conducted among 79 accounting lecturers, employed by the leading Polish economic universities. The results of the survey have shown that e-learning is not widely used by accounting academics in Poland. The most important benefits of the e-courses included the enhancement of efficiency and flexibility of the teaching process. The most serious difficulties were an extensive amount of work associated with designing and updating course materials and technical problems. The effectiveness of e-learning techniques in teaching accounting subjects is determined by the easiness of e-learning delivery, more regular learning process, greater development of students’ social competences during e-learning classes and a more effective process of verification of students’ progress, in comparison with traditional classes. Furthermore, the study provides evidence that lecturers, who decided to use e-learning, perceive this way of teaching as more efficient, and at the same time more demanding, in comparison to traditional classes. The paper contributes to the understanding of the use of e-learning in accounting education and offers findings that might be useful for both policymakers and practitioners. Full article
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Two Heads Are Better Than One—Entrepreneurial Continuous Learning through Massive Open Online Courses
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10030062 - 07 Mar 2020
Cited by 2
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Globalisation and digital technology have changed the means and mechanisms of knowledge acquisition. The rapidly expanding open-access online resources and various digital learning platforms present new opportunities in the area of continuous entrepreneurial learning, including that of corporate employees. This paper draws on [...] Read more.
Globalisation and digital technology have changed the means and mechanisms of knowledge acquisition. The rapidly expanding open-access online resources and various digital learning platforms present new opportunities in the area of continuous entrepreneurial learning, including that of corporate employees. This paper draws on knowledge spillover theory in order to explore the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as enablers of knowledge exchange, consolidation and new knowledge creation through connecting geographically and institutionally distant actors. The research design is based on a qualitative interpretative approach exploiting a triangulation of methods by using sets of quantitative data collected from MOOC participants, five focus group interviews and text content of online course discussion groups. This study contributes to our understanding of how digital technologies enable entrepreneurial learning on a massive scale. It identifies three factors which can trigger intense horizontal knowledge spillovers on a massive scale: (i) participants’ common interests and aspirations, (ii) induced mobilisation, and (iii) participants’ optional anonymity. Additionally, the findings of this study provide useful information for potential MOOC creators regarding the design and delivery of MOOCs targeting a high density of participant interactions. Full article
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