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Online Submission, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business v20 n1 p17-34 2013

The purpose of this research is to investigate awareness, intentions/support, and the contextual elements among higher education students in the University of Tehran (UT) in order to find the gap(s) in social entrepreneurship education in Iran. The authors used Ajzen's theory of planned behaviour as the theoretical framework. The research questions are based on a revised version of Kirby and Ibrahim's (2011) questionnaire. A survey was conducted in three faculties of UT. These faculties were selected intentionally, to evaluate the social entrepreneurship gaps for post-graduates of entrepreneurship, management, and engineering, and to capture varied orientations. Findings show a significant rate of intention towards and awareness of the concept among respondents, but a lack of sufficient attention to contextual elements and adequate support. Investigating social entrepreneurship intention and education is lacking in Iran's higher education and this study is one of the first in the country.

Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Questionnaires, Universities, Management Development, Engineering Education, Intention, Guidelines, College Faculty, Surveys, Graduate Students, Teaching Methods, Career Choice, Social Problems, Social Responsibility, Student Attitudes, Mentors, Financial Support, Access to Information, Role Models, Institutional Characteristics, Program Development, Teacher Attitudes

Autor: Salamzadeh, Aidin; Azimi, Mohammad Ali; Kirby, David A


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