University of Oulu

Understanding how entrepreneurship education influences students’ entrepreneurial learning outcomes, studying the case of the entrepreneurship education minor at the University of Oulu, Finland

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Author: Teodosiu, Anca1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Education, Educational Sciences
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Pages: 87
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-202110089105
Language: English
Published: Oulu : A. Teodosiu, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-08
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Paradis, Audrey
Reviewer: Paradis, Audrey
Vladimirova, Anna
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Abstract

Entrepreneurship education and students’ entrepreneurial learning outcomes are at the core of this thesis. This research aims to understand how a global phenomenon such as entrepreneurship education influences students’ entrepreneurial learning outcomes, studying the case of the entrepreneurship education minor at the University of Oulu. The theoretical background is built around entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning outcomes, to provide the reader with an overview of the two concepts. The theoretical framework expands on the concept of entrepreneurial learning outcomes, with the help of two theories: the Tripartite Competence Framework and the European Competence Framework (EntreComp Model). The methodology used in this research is a single intrinsic explanatory case study. Case study research was used with the goal to understand, explain, and then assess the impact of the entrepreneurship education program on students’ entrepreneurial learning outcomes. The empirical part of the research focuses on four sources of data: interviews with seven students, interviews with two professors, internal documents and students’ course feedback.

All four data sources were analyzed using content analysis, by coding the data and generating subcategories and categories. The findings of the data analysis showcased that by taking the entrepreneurship education minor at the University of Oulu, students have gained different entrepreneurial learning outcomes, such as entrepreneurship knowledge, skills, mindset and attitude. The research findings prove to be important in the following aspects. First, even though this study is bounded given the specific context, it demonstrates the importance of entrepreneurship in the education field and encourages higher education institutions in Finland to integrate entrepreneurship education courses in their interdisciplinary curricula. Second, entrepreneurship education programs can influence students’ intentions towards becoming future entrepreneurs. Lastly, it emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurial learning outcomes as transferable skills that are not limited to the field of entrepreneurship, but can be useful in other contexts as well.

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