Can the entrepreneurship course improve the entrepreneurial intentions of students?

  • Su-Chang ChenEmail author
  • Hsi-Chi Hsiao
  • Jen-Chia Chang
  • Chun-Mei Chou
  • Chin-Pin Chen
  • Chien-Hua Shen


This study aims to understand whether an entrepreneurship course can improve the entrepreneurial intentions, satisfaction towards the entrepreneurship course and learning efficacy of technical university students. In order to achieve these purposes, this study adopted the pre-test and post-test experimental design for one single subject group and conducted experimental teaching for 18 weeks. During the experiment, in addition to lectures given by the course instructor, experienced speakers with actual entrepreneurial exposure were invited for mentor co-teaching. The results found high satisfaction and better learning efficacy for the above curriculum design and teaching, but the entrepreneurial intentions of students have not been improved. This indicates that with the implementation of the entrepreneurship course, students better understand they are not suitable to pursue an entrepreneurial career. Hence, entrepreneurship education does not teach students to “pursue an entrepreneurial career,” but to apply what they learned to their future jobs. Mentor co-teaching indeed enhances satisfaction towards the course and the learning efficacy of students.


Entrepreneurial education Entrepreneurial intentions Entrepreneurship course 



We would like to thank the financial support of the National Science Council, Taiwan for the contract number of NSC 99-2511-S-346-001-MY3, NSC 99-2511-S-230-001-MY3.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Su-Chang Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hsi-Chi Hsiao
    • 2
  • Jen-Chia Chang
    • 3
  • Chun-Mei Chou
    • 4
  • Chin-Pin Chen
    • 5
  • Chien-Hua Shen
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Marketing and Logistics ManagementNational Penghu University of Science and TechnologyMagongTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationCheng Shiu UniversityNiaosong TownshipTaiwan
  3. 3.Institute of Technological and Vocational EducationNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  4. 4.Graduate School of Vocational and Technological EducationNational Yunlin University of Science and TechnologyDouliouTaiwan
  5. 5.Department of Industrial Education and TechnologyNational Changhua University of EducationChanghuaTaiwan
  6. 6.Department of Business AdministrationTransWorld UniversityDouliouTaiwan

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