A comparison of on-curricular and off-curricular activities in enterprise education for postgraduate students

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Abstract

A comparison of the effectiveness of two educational activities are carried
out; a standard on-curricular postgraduate unit and an off-curricular school
activity. The taught area for both is the theme of enterprise and
entrepreneurship. They share similar intended learning outcomes, equipping
participants with the same skills, knowledge and tools to set up their own
business start-up. Another similarity is the number of contact hours with the
students, however the main difference is the span these two activities take
place; over a full semester or over a week. A survey was designed to be used
in post teaching sessions to evaluate the effectiveness and impact the
activities had on the students in the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
The results indicated that both activities had an impact on start-up intention
and activity however, the cost of the enterprise school per head and the fact
that the on-curricular activities provide a recognized qualification in case the
business fails means that short intensive off-curricular activities are better
suited for researchers with limited time and who are still open minded about
career choices. Both activities serve their own purpose and value as they
provide the desired interventions for supporting positive attitudes towards
enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’19)
Pages55-64
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2019

Publication series

Name International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’)
PublisherUniversitat Politecnica de Valencia
ISSN (Print)2603-5871

Keywords

  • Business start-up; Education; Entrepreneurship; Enterprise; Offcurricular; On-curricular

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