Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset in University Undergraduates

Abstract

Aim. The aim of the research is to discuss how to design entrepreneurial mindsets in undergraduate students within the academic culture of a classical university..

Methods.  In order to become aware of the international perspective regarding entrepreneurship education, global innovation index, entrepreneurship education delivery models, global forums and entrepreneurship community platforms as well as the entrepreneurship barometer were taken into consideration.

Results. A survey regarding the appropriateness of entrepreneurship education at IFNUL has been conducted. In total, 125 bachelor’s (55.2%) and master’s degree (44,8%) students from different Departments of IFNUL completed the questionnaire based on the Entrepreneurship Barometer. Thus, theverage rating (1 (low) – 5 (high)) of the likelihood that students will ever run their own business is 3.67. Based on the obtained results the course in Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been elaborated as a part of the curriculum for students of the Department of Pedagogical Education at IFNUL.

Conclusions.  Findings of this paper suggest that, in general, universities should promote entrepreneurship as a career option and provide entrepreneurship experiences to undergraduate and Master’s degree students. The change in the academic culture is the common challenge, which includes the introduction of entrepreneurial thinking and acting as alternatives to traditional teaching approaches and opening up the universities to the surrounding society and industrial ecosystem. The use of ICT and in particular eLearning in delivering entrepreneurial education might be an additional option for expanding the outreach of the course.

Key words: entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial learning, entrepreneurship program, entrepreneurship and innovation, undergraduate students.

Author Biographies

Viktoriya Loboda, Department of Special Education and Social Work, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Universytetska St. 1., Lviv, 79000, Ukraine

Viktoriya Loboda. Associate Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. Lecturer in: Special Psychology; Psychological and Pedagogical Principles of Interpersonal Communication; Advertising Technology in Social Work; IT, hardware and software in Education; English for professional purposes; Psycholinguistics. Co-Founder Ukrainian Distance Learning System, NGO Consultant and Trainer in IT Solutions for Education and Knowledge Management

Ihor Ostrovskyi, Department of Special Education and Social Work, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Universytetska St. 1., Lviv, 79000, Ukraine

Ihor Ostrovskii. Prof. Dr. of Department of Correctional Pedagogics and Inclusion, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Dr.of technical sciences. Lecturer in: Socialization of people with special needs, Electronic technique in medical diagnostics, Nanostructures, Quantum electronics Head of Lviv center of support for persons with pervasive development disorder “Open Heart”, from 2005 Participation in Erasmus+ project “Improving teacher education for applied learning in the field of vocational education (ITE-VET)” 2016-2018.

Ihor Katernyak, Department of Electronics and Computer Technologies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Universytetska St. 1, Lviv, 79000, Ukraine

Ihor Katernyak, Associate Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. Expert in Innovation policy, Entrepreneurship Education and Startup Ecosystems, eLearning and Professional Development.

Published
2019-04-23
How to Cite
Loboda, V., Ostrovskyi, I., & Katernyak, I. (2019). Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset in University Undergraduates. E-Methodology, 5(5), 114-131. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.525
Section
“With the Internet” – Projects