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Behaviours and entrepreneurial intention: Empirical findings about secondary students

  • Arminda M. Finisterra do PaçoEmail author
  • João Matos Ferreira
  • Mário Raposo
  • Ricardo Gouveia Rodrigues
  • Anabela Dinis
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Abstract

This paper aims to identify some factors that may be explaining differences among secondary students in start-up intentions. For that, the study develops an entrepreneurial intention model sustained by the use of Azjen’s Theory of Planned Behaviour (TBP). Using a sample of students aged between 14 and 15 years old, a questionnaire based on the Liñán and Chen’s Entrepreneurial Intention Questionnaire was administrated. The purpose is to test a model of entrepreneurial intention using structural equations. The findings point that TPB is an appropriate tool to model the development of entrepreneurial intention through pedagogical processes and learning contexts. The education and training should centre itself much more in changing personal attitudes than in knowledge. Moreover, it is desirable that an entrepreneurship educational programme could contribute to the development of competences related to entrepreneurship, social and civic skills, and cultural awareness.

Keywords

Entrepreneurial intention Entrepreneurship education Secondary students 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arminda M. Finisterra do Paço
    • 1
    Email author
  • João Matos Ferreira
    • 1
  • Mário Raposo
    • 1
  • Ricardo Gouveia Rodrigues
    • 1
  • Anabela Dinis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business and Economics, Research Unit NECEUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal

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