The purpose of the study is to appraise the entrepreneurship education (E.E) of Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria, on its capacity to develop in students entrepreneurial ability; to find out whether the teaching of entrepreneurship education promotes self reliance in students; to determine the usefulness of entrepreneurship education to the University and public; and to determine the influence of socio-economic status of parents/guardian on students’ level of interest in entrepreneurship education and becoming entrepreneurs. As a survey method of descriptive research design, it makes use of some indicators for students’ interest and entrepreneurship education. Data were collected through the use of a validated questionnaire tagged University Students and Entrepreneurship Education Questionnaire (USEEQ) with a reliability coefficient of r=0.82. Nine hundred and sixty (960) respondents from 100–400 level students were sampled. Four research questions and four hypotheses were generated and tested. The responses elicited from respondents were analysed using frequency, t-test, chi-square, Pearson moment correlation, and analysis of variance (ANOVA). All the results were determined at .05 level of significance and appropriate degrees of freedom. The findings of the study showed that: majority of respondents (74.8%) expressed the view that they had gained some entrepreneurial skills while less that 30% (25.2%) expressed contrary view. In the same vein, greater percentage (73.0%) of respondents opined that they wanted to become employers of labour because of the knowledge received through entrepreneurial education. Furthermore, the study recorded that that there was no significant difference between students’ interest in becoming entrepreneurs for those who participated in entrepreneurship education and those who did not participate. Also, it was found out that there was significant relationship between the teaching of entrepreneurship education and self reliance in students. Entrepreneurship education had impact on the university, public and the students. There was significant difference in the socio-economic status of parents/guardian and students’ interest in entrepreneurship education. Based on these findings, certain recommendations were made: the teaching of entrepreneurship education should be continued in all universities in the country and should be introduced in other tertiary institutions. Effort should be made to give financial and managerial assistance to those entrepreneurs who wish to establish their businesses after graduation.
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurship Education, Socio-economic Status, Entrepreneurial Skills, Environmental Factor|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Arts Education, Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo, Nigeria
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