Developing Entrepreneurial Competences in University Lecturers: Obafemi Awolowo University Experience

Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo

Abstract


Recent global development demands a pool of creative and innovative human capital with an entrepreneurial mindset that is capable of turning ideas into actions that can provide solutions for sustainable development. Developing such human capital requires education that can foster entrepreneurial self-efficacy as well as lecturers who are innovative in providing the education. This paper presents the experience of Obafemi Awolowo University at developing entrepreneurial competences of its lecturers in a workshop which utilized interactive lectures and hands-on exercises. The assessment of the workshop showed improvement in their knowledge and perception about entrepreneurship, and on how to develop enthusiasm for entrepreneurship among students.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Competences; Pedagogy; Entrepreneurship education; enterprising mindset


Keywords


Entrepreneurship; Competences; Pedagogy; Entrepreneurship education; Enterprising mindset

Full Text:

Untitled docx PDF

References


Alavi, M. (1994). Computer-mediated collaboration learning: An empirical evaluation. MIS Quarterly, 18: 159-174.

Allen, J. and Van der Velden, R. (eds.) (2009). Competences and labour market careers of

higher education graduates. Maastricht: ROA.

Backstöm-Widjesog, B. (2008). You can about you want to; Teachers' thoughts about upbringing to business activity. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Turku Academy, Finland.

Bayraktar, S. (2011). Turkish pre-service primary school teachers’ science teaching efficacy beliefs and attitudes toward science: The effect of a primary teacher education program. School Science Math, 111: 83-92.

Béchard, J-P and Grégoire, D. (2005). Understanding teaching models in entrepreneurship for higher education. In P. Kyrö & C. Carrier (Eds.). The dynamics of learning entrepreneurship in a cross-cultural university context, University of Tampere, Faculty of Education, Research Centre for Vocational and Professional Educational, Hämeenlinna.

Cope, J. (2005) Towards a dynamic learning perspective of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 29(4): 373-397.

Essia, U. (2012) Entrepreneurial culturing of formal education programmes in Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Society, 1(2): 52-62.

European Commission (2011). Entrepreneurship education: Enabling teachers as a critical success factor. Report on Teacher Education and Training to prepare teachers for the challenge of Entrepreneurship Education. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/ sme/promoting-entrepreneurship/education-training-entrepreneurship/teacher-education-entrepreneurship/index_en.htm. Accessed on November 13 2012.

Fayolle, Alain (2009). Entrepreneurship education in Europe: Trends and challenges. Paper presented at the Universities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Good Practice Workshop, June.

Gibb, A. (2002). In pursuit of a new ‘enterprise’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ paradigm for learning: Creative destruction, new values, new ways of doing things and new combinations of knowledge. International Journal of Management Reviews, 4 (3): 233-269.

Good, T. (1983). Research on classroom teaching. In L. Shulman and G. Skyes (Eds.). Handbook of Teaching and Policy, New York: Longman.

Heder, Efka; Ljubić, Maja; and Nola, Lovro (2011). Entrepreneurial learning: A key competence approach, Croatia: South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. www.seecel.hr Accessed on November 10 2012.

Heinonen, J & Poikkijoki, S.A. (2006). An entrepreneurial-directed approach to entrepreneurship: Mission impossible? Journal of Management Development, 25(1): 80-94.

Holmgren, C., From, J., Olofsson, A., Karlson, H., Snyder, K. and Sundtröm, U. (2004). Entrepreneurship education: Salvation or damnation? International Journal of Entrepreneurship, 8: 55-71.

Jones, C. and English, J. (2004). A contemporary approach to entrepreneurship education. Education + Training, 46(8/9): 416-423.

Kao R. (1992). Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Kochadai, M. (2012). Entrepreneurial competency: A study with reference to socially and economically backward communities in Chennai city. http://hdl.handle.net/10603/5303 Accessed on November 2012.

Kyrö, P. & Carrier, C. (2005). Entrepreneurial learning in universities: Bridges across borders. In P. Kyrö and C. Carrier (eds). The Dynamics of learning entrepreneurship in a cross-cultural university context, Hämeenlinna: University of Tampere. Faculty of Education Research Center for Vocational and Professional: 14–43.

Kyrö, P., Mylläri, J. & Seikkula-Leino, J. (2008). Meta processes of entrepreneurial and enterprising learning – The dialogue between cognitive, conative and affective constructs. Paper presented in ESU Conference on Entrepreneurship, Bodø, Norway, August. http://www.esu.fi/esu2008_papers.html. Accessed on November 12, 2012.

Lilia, H., & Norlena, S. (2000). Academic orientation: An alternative approach in graduate teacher education in program in Malaysia. Akademika, 56: 47-64.

Lourenço, F. and Jones, O. (2006). Developing entrepreneurship education: Comparing traditional and alternative teaching approaches. International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 4: 111-140.

McCoshan, A.; Witte, J. and Westerheijden, D. (2010). Ten years of Bologna: What has changed for learners. Paper presented in Track 2 at the EAIR 32nd Annual Forum in Valencis, Spain, September. http://www.eair.nl/forum/valencia/pdf/755.pdf. Accessed on February 12, 2013.

Moylan, T.; McGreevy, S.; and Heagney, C. (2009). Entrepreneurial learning and teaching in higher education – challenges in developing engaging pedagogies: An exploratory case study of an undergraduate programme. Paper presented at International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy (ICEP). http://icep.ie/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/09_9_McGreevy.pdf. Accessed on February 12, 2013.

Nab, Jab and Lans, Thomas (2012). Practice what you preach? – A literature review on roles and competencies for the entrepreneurship teacher. http://www.ord2012.nl/ NR/rdonlyres/4A0374A4-2524-46F7-ABA2-3B98192CD06A/166203/251hoPracticewhat youJanNab.pdf. Accessed on February 12, 2013.

Peltonen, K. (2008). Can learning in teams help teachers to become more entrepreneurial? The interplay between efficacy perceptions and team support. LTA, 3(8): 297-324.

Pihie, Z.A.L and Bagheri, A. (2011). Are teachers qualified to teach entrepreneurship? Analysis of entrepreneurial attitude and self-efficacy. Journal of Applied Sciences (Asian Network for Scientific Information), 11(18): 3308-3314.

Sánchez, J.C. (2011). University training for entrepreneurial competencies: Its impact on intention of venture creation. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 7(2): 239-254.

Sharifah, A.A. (1983). Ilmu Pendidikan: Pedagogi (Science Education: Pedagogy), Kuala Lumpur: Heinmann Asia.

Wiseman, D., Cooner, D., & Knight, S. (1999). Becoming a teacher in a field based setting: An introduction to education and classroom, America: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Wright, L. K., Bitner, M. J. & Zeithaml, V. A. (1994). Paradigm shifts in business education: Using active learning to deliver services marketing content. Journal of Marketing Education, 16(3): 5-19.