The effect of entrepreneurship education modules integrated with science education on the entrepreneurial characteristics of pre-service science teachers
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In this research, it was aimed to investigate the effects of entrepreneurship education modules integrated with science education on entrepreneurship characteristics (risk taking, seeing the opportunities, being innovative, self-confidence, and emotional intelligence) of pre-service science teachers. The research was realized in 2013-2014 education years during a selective course with the participation of 26 third grade preservice science teachers in Turkey. The mixed design was adopted in the research. The qualitative dimension of the research was designed as phenomenological study while simple experimental method was preferred for the quantitative dimension. The data was obtained through “Entrepreneurship Scale” and semi-constructed interviews. The descriptive analysis was preferred in order to present the data obtained through interview while Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test was used for the data obtained before and after experimental implementation. As a result of the research, it was seen that entrepreneurship education had statistically significant positive effect on risk taking, seeing the opportunities, being innovative, and emotional intelligence characteristics of preservice science teachers, at the same time it was determined through the qualitative methods that it has a positive effect. However there was any statistically significant difference in terms of self-confidence characteristics. According to this results, there can be suggested that entrepreneurship education should be placed in science teacher education and experimental researches should be conducted for other entrepreneurial characteristics. Entrepreneurial characteristics are thought to be acquired through entrepreneurship education and can potentially be acquired through similar education modules. In-service education courses, such as seminars, can be organized for the science teachers who are in service and have not had entrepreneurship education.
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