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This study investigates the effect of entrepreneurship education in terms of the development of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, on students' entrepreneurial alertness and the mediating role of the entrepreneurial mindset. The research demonstrated that entrepreneurship education has a positive and significant effect on entrepreneurial alertness and entrepreneurial mindset. In addition, entrepreneurial mindset was found to have a positive and significant role in mediating the relationship between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial alertness. This finding highlights the importance of educators seeking to build an entrepreneurial mindset within entrepreneurship education, in addition to developing students’ entrepreneurial alertness by focusing on opportunity identification and recognition.
Why is it important?
The study addresses a gap in the literature as to the relationship between entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial alertness, and the entrepreneurial mindset, and furthers the understanding of the impact of entrepreneurship education. Exploring the mediating influence of entrepreneurial mindset provides a novel angle, as educational and pedagogical research has employed entrepreneurial mindset almost exclusively as a dependent variable. The findings highlight the value of entrepreneurship education not only being focused on idea development and entrepreneurial alertness, but also ensuring that entrepreneurial mindset is supported in the entrepreneurship education process, as entrepreneurial mindset has a mediating role in the relationship between entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial alertness. There is the potential for entrepreneurship education to become overly focused on entrepreneurial alertness and supporting students to develop entrepreneurial ideas, but the development of entrepreneurial mindset is also important through entrepreneurship education.
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This page is a summary of: The effect of entrepreneurship education on graduate students' entrepreneurial alertness and the mediating role of entrepreneurial mindset, Education + Training, October 2021, Emerald,
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