Effects of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurial Intention

Idris Adegboyega Onikoyi, James A. Odumeru

Abstract


Entrepreneurship education is believed to be of great importance to the quest for improved youth employment and economic development of any society. It is for this reason that the Nigerian government invests heavily in entrepreneurship education. However, in spite of these heavy investments, youth unemployment is on the increase and economic development continues to elude Nigeria. This study investigates the effect of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial motivation and intention among final year students of Nigeria. We adopted the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke as a case study where data was collected using structured questionnaire from 550 responded selected using random sampling. Data was analysed using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The study discovered that entrepreneurship education significantly determine entrepreneurial motivation which also significantly affects entrepreneurial intention. The study also found that the entrepreneurship education – entrepreneurial motivation relationship is significantly mediated by cognitive factors. To this end, this research effort recommends that the government and other relevant stakeholders should continue to provide quality entrepreneurship education to continue to motivate graduates of tertiary institutions to become entrepreneurs.


Keywords


Entrepreneurship education; Entrepreneurial motivation; Entrepreneurial intention; Cognitive factors

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