Entrepreneurship education: a proposal for human development

Educación para el emprendimiento: una propuesta para el desarrollo humano

Arantxa Azqueta and Concepción Naval

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP77-3-2019-03

Interest in entrepreneurship education has become an international trend with a major impact in the field of education. It is promoted in all educational stages from early years to higher education. This piece uses a theoretical research methodology that focusses on interpretation based on academic literature. Its aim is to reflect on and encourage improvements in educational practice. The proposal offers a critical perspective on the inclusion of entrepreneurship education in the curriculum. It aims to look more closely at the keys to strengthening the value of entrepreneurship education using a humanistic anthropological paradigm. Entrepreneurship education is defined as an educational focus that enhances entrepreneurial potential in students and contributes to their all-round growth. It is not just limited to socio-economic and professional growth but places a particular focus on the intellectual, social, and moral dimensions of their development. First of all, it helps to stimulate intelligence by developing creativity and innovation, both of which are intrinsic and unique to all human beings and to their freedom. Secondly, it promotes social development, encouraging relationships that transcend mere reciprocity and aim to find the common good and not just economic well-being. Finally, it stimulates moral development, which involves an awareness of freedom and entails autonomy and leadership. This proposal for entrepreneurship education is part of a line of work that underlines the intrinsic goal of education by focusing on the personal needs of the student and allows for entrepreneurial development to manifest the explicit relationship between the individual, education, and society.

This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 274 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Azqueta, A., & Naval, C. (2019). Educación para el emprendimiento: una propuesta para el desarrollo humano | Entrepreneurship education: a proposal for human development. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 77 (274), 517-533. doi: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP77-3-2019-03

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Arantxa Azqueta holds a PhD. in Educational Sciences from the Universidad de Navarra, with a thesis on education for qualified entrepreneurship with outstanding and mention cum laude. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Universidad de Navarra and in the Department of Theory and History of Education, Faculty of Education of the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR).


Concepción Naval is a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Universidad de Navarra. She has been Oliver Smithies Lecturer at Oxford University; Visiting Professor at the Teachers College of Columbia University; Visiting Scholar Research at Harvard University, at University of Notre Dame (USA): International Office of Education (UNESCO), at St. Edmund's College of Cambridge University and at Boston University.