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WHAT INFLUENCES ENTREPRENEURIAL CAREER CHOICE?: AN EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS OF THE SALLY CAIRD'S GET2 FOR JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Ishiguro, Junko
PUB. DATE
January 2015
SOURCE
Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal;2015, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To spread entrepreneurship education further amongst secondary education institutions in Japan, it is necessary to demonstrate its educational benefit. Therefore, we assess the participants' entrepreneurial abilities and personal qualities before an entrepreneurship educational program was launched. In particular, we conducted the Caird's (2013) GET2 (General measure of Enterprising Tendency test) for Japanese high school students. The main purpose of this study is to reveal which characteristics influence the entrepreneurial career choice of high school students most by comparing the students who have the willingness or confidence to be entrepreneurs with those who do not. The results are expected to suggest the keys to develop effective contents of entrepreneurship education. The current survey was conducted in June 2013, for 2,578 Japanese high school students in Aomori prefecture, which is located in the northern area of Japan. The study reveals that the biggest factor which influences the students' entrepreneurial mindset is the "ability to create ideas and put them into action". In other words, a student who thinks of himself/herself as "being good at creating ideas and putting them into action" tends to significantly have the willingness or confidence to be an entrepreneur. Based on these findings, it appears that the entrepreneurship education for high school students should contain programs which encourage students to explore creative opportunities, to make ideas become a reality, and to receive practical training on created ideas.
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108588438

 

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