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The Entrepreneur in Youth

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The Entrepreneur in Youth

An Untapped Resource for Economic Growth, Social Entrepreneurship, and Education

9781845422509 Edward Elgar Publishing
Marilyn L. Kourilsky, Professor and Director, Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship, University of California, Los Angeles, US, Co-editor, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (IJEE), past Vice President, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, William B. Walstad, John T. and Mable M. Hay Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US with Andrew Thomas, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), US
Publication Date: 2007 ISBN: 978 1 84542 250 9 Extent: 192 pp
The Entrepreneur in Youth offers one of the most comprehensive assessments to date of African American, Latino, and white high school students’ aspirations, knowledge, opinions and educational views related to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. A key strength is its longitudinal approach to analysis and interpretations, made possible by extensive surveys of over 11,000 respondents from high school youth and other groups, including adults and business owners. The key findings exhibit an extraordinarily high level of interest in entrepreneurship among youth as well as a strong desire to give back to their communities. However, they lack the knowledge and experience to achieve their aspirations.

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The Entrepreneur in Youth offers one of the most comprehensive assessments to date of African American, Latino, and white high school students’ aspirations, knowledge, opinions and educational views related to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. A key strength is its longitudinal approach to analysis and interpretations, made possible by extensive surveys of over 11,000 respondents from high school youth and other groups, including adults and business owners. The key findings exhibit an extraordinarily high level of interest in entrepreneurship among youth as well as a strong desire to give back to their communities. However, they lack the knowledge and experience to achieve their aspirations.

The book’s major recommendations and guidelines include challenges to education and other policymakers to expand and enhance opportunities to access entrepreneurship education and early entrepreneurship mentoring shadowing experiences – especially for those who demand it the most: African Americans and Latinos. Meeting these challenges not only will contribute to economic growth and social reform initiatives but also will increase economic and social mobility and access to opportunity for a still largely untapped pool of future entrepreneurs.

This book will appeal to academics in entrepreneurship, economics, business and education, as well as policymakers, educators and business leaders.
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‘This readable and modestly priced text will appeal to academics researching and teaching entrepreneurship, policy-makers, and students studying entrepreneurship at all levels in higher education, especially those studying final year specialist electives or at Master’s level.’
– David W. Taylor, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research

‘. . . a book such as this authored by Professors Kourilsky and Walstad is significant. . . When the book is also well written, based on recent and relevant empirical data, and of interest to educators, policymakers and researchers it makes a significant contribution. . . The book clearly highlights the notable gap between the intentions of students and the ability of current educational systems to provide skills and knowledge that are appropriate an in-depth enough to enable students to move from intention to action. This is a critical finding that deserves attention from educators, policymakers and researchers alike. . . This is a rich contribution to the small, but growing, body of knowledge on youth entrepreneurship. It is a pointer to the potential for the young to be entrepreneurially different to previous generations, and throws out a challenge to researchers to do more work to better understand what other differences might exist in this new breed of entrepreneur. The book is thorough and thought provoking.’
– Kate Lewis, International Small Business Journal

‘The importance of the research reported in this book cannot be overemphasized. . . This seminal book reveals through the voices of our youth their desire for education that may lead to. . . opportunities for enacting social change and achieving meaningful recognition.’
– From the foreword by Sandy Gooch, Founder of Gooch Enterprises, US
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Contents: Foreword 1. Finding the Entrepreneur in Youth 2. Interest in Entrepreneurship 3. Giving Back to the Community 4. Entrepreneurial Knowledge 5. Markets and Government 6. Entrepreneurship Education 7. A Longitudinal Perspective and the Major Findings 8. Implications and Extrapolations References Index
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