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ERIC Number: EJ848702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Importance of Peer Support and Tutor Involvement in Entrepreneurship Education for Overseas Bioscience Students
Mitchell, P. C.; McKeown, A. E.
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v3 Article 2 May 2004
An increasing number of Bioscience courses embed entrepreneurship learning outcomes within the curriculum, across a number of modules and/or within a dedicated module. The level 2, Developing People and Products module is one such example, involving students in 100 study effort hours over 7 weeks. This module was delivered to students (n = 37) from Hong Kong, who were bridging to final year BSc Hons Biotechnology and BSc Hons Food Technology Management, by a blend of distance and face-to-face activities. The module was evaluated in week 7 by a student questionnaire. The Biotechnology cohort was identified as less likely (99% confidence level) to consider starting a business, which appears to relate to related career aspirations. Although 39% of the students had no business background, they prioritized "knowledge of business" as the best thing associated with the module, and agreed the module was effective in developing their understanding of venture creation. A significant correlation (99.9% confidence level) between "venture creation knowledge" and "peer support" was found. Tutor involvement, "experiencing" venture creation and effective group-work were agreed to be most useful in supporting students' learning. The attitudes of Bioscience students to venture creation, before and several years after graduation should be researched. (Contains 4 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong