Nurturing Social Entrepreneurship and Building Social Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy: Focusing on Primary and Secondary Schooling to Develop Future Social Entrepreneurs

Nurturing Social Entrepreneurship and Building Social Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy: Focusing on Primary and Secondary Schooling to Develop Future Social Entrepreneurs

Nareatha Studdard (Alabama A&M University, USA), Maurice Dawson (University of Missouri – St. Louis, USA), Sharon L. Burton (Florida Institute of Technology, USA), Naporshia Jackson (Alabama A&M University, USA), Brian Leonard (Alabama A&M University, USA), William Quisenberry (Swiss Management Center University, Switzerland) and Emad Rahim (Bellevue University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8748-6.ch010
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Abstract

For the development of social entrepreneurs it is imperative that educators embrace the concepts and process of social entrepreneurship (Dees, 1998). Exploration of these concepts in education could prove beneficial to the community (Haugh, 2005). This chapter focuses on the positives of introducing social entrepreneurship education at the primary and secondary levels of education. Specifically, its central focus deals with building children's entrepreneurial self-efficacy at a young age. Several benefits, of increasing self-efficacy at a young age, are outlined. Benefits, such as entrepreneurship training, not only training students, but it helps to prepare them for the new knowledge-based economy. Further, entrepreneurship education should help increase the success and survival rates of women and minority entrepreneurs. Essential to this process, a new curriculum needs to be devised including its means of assessment. Lastly barriers to an entrepreneurship program are discussed; this includes financial, legal, political and negative perceptions of entrepreneurship education.
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Entrepreneurship For The New Economy

Entrepreneurship contributes substantially to the local, national, and global economies. It is also the primary means of fostering economic development. (Gurley-Calvez, Biehl, & Harper, K. (2009). Recent mainstream publications have indicated that young people increasingly see entrepreneurship as a critically important mechanism to operate in today’s economy (Kourilsky, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Education, & 1995). Moreover, young people are looking at engaging in more entrepreneurial training programs and learning as much as possible about the entrepreneurial process (Bru, Thompson, & Marton, 2005; Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, 2013).

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