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Entrepreneurial intention among secondary students: findings from Portugal


  • Arminda Do Paco
  • Joao Ferreira
  • Mario Raposo
  • Ricardo G. Rodrigues
  • Anabela Dinis


This paper aims to identify some factors that may be explaining differences among secondary students in start-up intentions. For that, the study develops an entrepreneurial intention model sustained by the use of Azjen's theory of planned behaviour (TPB). This theory is considered as a relevant tool to model the development of entrepreneurial intention through pedagogical processes and learning contexts. Using a sample of students aged between 14 and 15 years old, it was administrated a questionnaire based on the Linan and Chen's entrepreneurial intention questionnaire (EIQ). Data was collected before the entrepreneurship education programme. The purpose is to test a model of entrepreneurial intention using structural equations, before the educational experience.

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  • Arminda Do Paco & Joao Ferreira & Mario Raposo & Ricardo G. Rodrigues & Anabela Dinis, 2011. "Entrepreneurial intention among secondary students: findings from Portugal," International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 13(1), pages 92-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijesbu:v:13:y:2011:i:1:p:92-106

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