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An Analysis of the Entrepreneurial University in the Faculties of Education in Spain: Self-Perception among Deans

Jessica Paños-Castro (), Leire Markuerkiaga () and María José Bezanilla ()
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Jessica Paños-Castro: Department of Education, Faculty of Education and Sports, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
Leire Markuerkiaga: Department of Mechanics and Industrial Production, Higher Polytechnic School, Mondragon University, 20500 Arrasate, Spain
María José Bezanilla: Department of Education, Faculty of Education and Sports, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 21, 1-16

Abstract: Universities have increasingly incorporated a third mission into their strategic planning. In addition to teaching and research, they have emphasised the training of entrepreneurs. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, as this process is facing resistance. The Entrepreneurial University covers all disciplines, including faculties of education. However, it has been shown that entrepreneurship tends to be more related to the faculties of economics and engineering, with a lesser presence in the faculties of education for various reasons: they consider entrepreneurship to be alien to their teaching role, there is a lack of entrepreneurial culture, and the objective of the Entrepreneurial University is unknown. The aim of this study is to analyse the level of entrepreneurship in Spanish faculties and schools of education. Nineteen deans and heads of education faculties in Spain took part in the survey, and a mixed analysis has been done. The results indicated a sufficient level of entrepreneurship; the dimensions related to active methodologies, and mission and strategy were the most developed, whereas entrepreneurship funding and entrepreneurship training for faculty employees were the least developed areas. Some deans noted that entrepreneurship was alien to their professional performance, although courses and good practices for the development of entrepreneurial initiative are gradually being implemented.

Keywords: entrepreneurial university; entrepreneurship; faculties of education; self-perception; triple helix; third mission; teacher training; COVID-19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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