An investigation of educational factors influencing development of entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school students in Dagoretti constituency, Nairobi County
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which selected educational factors influence development of entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school students. The study explored factors such as teachers' attitudes, students' perception of availability of preferred jobs, present level of academic performance and secondary school curriculum. The target population for the study comprised all teachers and form four students in all public secondary schools in Dagoretti constituency in the Nairobi County. The teacher and student study samples were drawn from nine out of ten public secondary schools in the constituency. Stratified random sampling was applied in the selection of sample teachers and students. Purposive sampling was used to select schools since all of them were incorporated in order to get a more representative sample of the target population. One school was used for piloting hence did not participate in the actual study. Data was collected by using separate questionnaires for teachers and students. The questionnaires were researcher-made and applied to determine the extent of influence teachers and students attributed to selected educational factors on the development of entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school students. Data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics (percentages, means, distribution, and standard deviation). A pilot study was undertaken to check and enhance on the validity and reliability of the research instruments before commencement of the actual research study. Findings in the pilot and actual study had a significant positive correlation of 0.796, an indication that the instrument s had considerable validity and reliability. Data was presented in tabular form. Findings indicated that the school factors considered did not have a strong influence in the development of entrepreneurial mindset among secondary school students. The study recommended that education should be structured and presented in such a way as would help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset that would enable them to engage in successful entrepreneurial activities and business ventures for job creation upon completion of their formal education alternative to job seeking.