Effectiveness of Learning Objectives Articulated in Some of the Undergraduate Textbooks in Developing Entrepreneurial Skills in the Students

Abstract

Entrepreneurs are needed in great numbers for economic growth and economic development since they are increasingly recognized as a driving force for innovation and job creation. To achieve this, the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship should be given the centre stage. A paradigm shift from a salaried society towards an entrepreneurial society should take place. Entrepreneurial students need to be more entrepreneurial in their thinking to effectively contribute to job creation. Hence, why many institutions are greatly interested in teaching entrepreneurship to solve the problem of unemployment. However, little is known about how entrepreneurship textbook objectives assist in developing skills, argumentative minds, creativity, and critical thinking in students. Textbook objectives have a significant impact in improving courses and increasing student learning and satisfaction. The study presents a content analysis of 92 objectives of an entrepreneurship textbook which is prescribed by three universities in a developing economy. The results revealed that entrepreneurship textbooks need more development to be more effective in developing entrepreneurial skills and innovative minds. The analysed textbook only has 7.7 % of the desired entrepreneurial skills are covered. There is a shortfall of 92.3 % of appropriate objectives. It is recommended that entrepreneurship teachers should prescribe textbooks with objectives and topics which focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills and prepare students to become real entrepreneurs not business managers. Secondly prescribed textbooks should follow a constructive alignment process where the learning objectives represent what the student would gain from the experience.



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Beatrice Ngulube, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Conference: BCE2022
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies

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To cite this article:
Ngulube B. (2022) Effectiveness of Learning Objectives Articulated in Some of the Undergraduate Textbooks in Developing Entrepreneurial Skills in the Students ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2022.8
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2435-9467.2022.8


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