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The status of entrepreneurship education in Australian universities


Maritz, A and Jones, C and Shwetzer, C, The status of entrepreneurship education in Australian universities, Education and Training, 57, (8-9) pp. 1020-1035. ISSN 0040-0912 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/ET-04-2015-0026


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide an analytical overview of the current state of entrepreneurship education (EE) in Australia; placing emphasis on programs, curricula and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Design/methodology/approach The authors performed a contextual review of the literature by delineating entrepreneurship education programs, the entrepreneurial ecosystem and EE learning and teaching. The review was enhanced by a systematic collection of data from higher education institutions web sites, depicting the prevailing situation of entrepreneurship programs, courses, subjects and their ecosystems. Findings A number of interesting findings emerged from this study. From a curricular perspective, Australian universities offer 584 subjects related to entrepreneurship. This includes dominance at undergraduate level, representing 24 minors/majors and specializations in entrepreneurship. In total, 135 entrepreneurship ecosystems were identified. Research limitations/implications This paper presents findings from university web sites and as such requires introspection to validate individual university offerings. Practical implications The study provides the status of EE in Australia, and may guide academic and policy decision makers to further develop entrepreneurship initiatives. Originality/value This paper provides the first analytical overview of EE in Australia and paves the way for further evaluation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jones, C (Dr Colin Jones)
ID Code:118642
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-07-17
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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