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IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE ON STUDENTS ’ ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPETENCIES: A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE

By Vlerick Leuven, Edgar Izquierdo and Dirk BuyensEdgar Izquierdo and Dirk BuyensVlerick Leuven, Gent Management School and Dirk Buyens

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This paper reports on educational issues of an entrepreneurship course, supported by a constructivist perspective. The study discusses the relevance of constructivism in entrepreneurship education. As a way of assessing this issue, a pre-test-post-test multiple-group quasi-experimental design was performed with the data collected during an academic term. Data were collected by using three instruments to examine the students ’ entrepreneurial competencies and self-efficacy levels; two of them were newly developed. Results indicate that an action-oriented instructional approach, fitting into the constructivist view, has a positive impact on the development of entrepreneurial competencies in undergraduate students. Furthermore, the findings reveal that students self-assessed higher on their entrepreneurial self-efficacy after the course completion. Discussion of the findings and implications for future research are presented

Topics: Constructivist Perspective, Entrepreneurship, Competencies, Self- efficacy
Year: 2014
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