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The Merits of Project-Based Learning to Foster Entrepreneurship Education

Adri Du Toit ()
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Adri Du Toit: North-West University, South Africa

RAIS Conference Proceedings 2021 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: Entrepreneurship education affords valuable learning to prepare learners for the world of work, including the potential to reduce youth unemployment. South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates globally, making it imperative to develop and expand entrepreneurship education in its school curriculum. The problem that needed investigation, was how such entrepreneurship education needed to be constructed in projects to benefit learners optimally. Literature indicates that education through entrepreneurship — often scaffolded using project-based learning — is preferred above other approaches. Consumer Studies was identified as the only subject in the South African school curriculum that included significant entrepreneurship education, in the form of an entrepreneurship project. The purpose of the current study was therefore to analyze and evaluate that project for its inclusion of project-based learning principles, to determine its strengths and areas for improvement. The intended aim for the research was to develop recommendations to improve the scaffolding of the project to enhance its focus of education through entrepreneurship. The findings of this research contribute to a better understanding of how entrepreneurship education should be scaffolded and implemented into existing subjects. The significance of the research includes that these findings can be used to inform the development of similar projects in other South African school subjects, consequently contributing to expanding effective entrepreneurship education. In the long term, more learners will then be able to benefit from the valuable learning associated with entrepreneurship education, which includes the potential to reduce youth unemployment in this country.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education; principles; project-based learning; school curriculum; youth unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9 pages
Date: 2021-06
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Published in Proceedings of the 22nd International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, June 20-21, 2021, pages 1-9

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