Developing Next Generation of Innovators: Teaching Entrepreneurial Mindset Elements across Disciplines

Louis S. Nadelson, Aparna D.~Nageswaran Palmer, Tom Benton, Ram Basnet, Meghan Bissonnette, Laureen Cantwell, Georgann Jouflas, Eric Elliott, Megan Fromm, Sarah Lanci


The purpose of our project was to explore the explicit or implicit engagement of faculty members across the curriculum in teaching the entrepreneurial mindset.  We begin by defining entrepreneurship on a spectrum, recognizing the contextual nature and psychological development associated with entrepreneurial thinking.  We developed a self-report survey containing a combination of quantitative and qualitative items to determine faculty member knowledge of entrepreneurship and their engagement in teaching elements of the entrepreneurial mindset.  We surveyed the faculty at a primarily teaching university in the western United States.  Sixty-four faculty members (~20%) with representation from across the disciplines completed our survey.  We found constrained knowledge of entrepreneurship, indications of teaching elements of the entrepreneurial mindset, and approaches to assignments that were limited in scope for fostering entrepreneurial thinking.  The implications of our research are a need for professional development to enhance faculty members’ knowledge of entrepreneurial thinking and support for instructional and content choices that could enhance student development of an entrepreneurial mindset.

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