Entrepreneurial intentions: is education enough?

  • Arminda do Paço
  • João Matos Ferreira
  • Mário Raposo
  • Ricardo Gouveia Rodrigues
  • Anabela Dinis


Entrepreneurship education has played an important role in promoting entrepreneurial intentions and furthering the development of enterprising citizens. Thus, education and training can contribute towards increasing management knowledge and developing the psychological attributes and behaviours associated with entrepreneurship. This study therefore seeks to compare the psychological attributes and behaviours associated with entrepreneurship, as well as entrepreneurial intentions among girls attending a business school and boys attending a sports school. It was expected that the scores recorded for entrepreneurial behaviour and intentions would be higher at the girls’ business school, where entrepreneurship education is deeply incorporated into the curriculum, but the results showed that, despite their nor receiving any kind of entrepreneurship education, the boys at the neighbouring sports school, tended to have a greater intention of starting up a business, which suggests that there are other factors influencing entrepreneurial intentions.


Entrepreneurship education Gender Psychological attributes Entrepreneurial behavioural Entrepreneurial intentions 



Dr. Kathryn Loughnan – Director of Enterprise & Unique Ethos at Avonbourne School.

NECE – R&D Centre funded by the Multi-annual Funding Programme for R&D Centres of FCT (the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology), Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arminda do Paço
    • 1
  • 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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