Teacher Actions: The Influence on Entrepreneurial Behavioral Characteristics of Students

Keywords: Entrepreneurial behavior, entrepreneurial behavioral characteristics, innovative teaching practices, entrepreneurial education, public university


Aims. This study aimed to identify the activities teachers from a Brazilian public higher education institution developed to analyze how these activities influenced undergraduate students’ entrepreneurial behavioral characteristics (EBCs). Method. The study applied a mixed method; the quantitative approach used the EBCs measurement instrument (Mansfield et al., 1987), analyzed with the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), prioritizing the most important EBCs in the perception of 792 students. The qualitative approach implemented a semi-structured interview script and content analysis. This approach identified the activities teachers developed and characterized as distinct according to students’ perception and their relationship with the EBCs. Discussion. Thus, it was possible to identify that practical activities and those aimed at student autonomy, directed towards reality, with correlations between disciplines, and with interactive participation, dialogue, favorable environment and learning through experience, converge to developing the entrepreneurial characteristics of the students and are being carried out in the classroom. It was also found that commitment was the most evident characteristic. Conclusions. It can be concluded that the institution presents a promising scenario to develop entrepreneurial education. However, the activities currently carried out in the establishment are not efficient or sufficient since, at the same time, as the existence of entrepreneurial activities was proved, the students presented some unsatisfactory EBCs. Therefore, a longitudinal cut is suggested to analyze the EBCs and better understand the students’ evolution with the insertion of these practices in the classroom.

Author Biographies

Silvana Bortoluzzi-Balconi, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

PhD student in Business Administration at the Graduate Program in Business Administration at the Federal University of Santa Maria. Federal public servant of the Federal University of Santa Maria, position of Administrator. Master in Management of Public Organizations from the Federal University of Santa Maria. Specialization in People Management and Marketing from the Franciscan University. Graduated (2008) in Business Administration from Franciscan University. Experience in entrepreneurial behavior, entrepreneurial education, organizational behavior, sustainability.

Deoclécio Junior Cardoso-da Silva, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

PhD Student in Management from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Master in Production Engineering from the Post Graduate Program at Federal University of Production Engineering of Santa Maria. Bachelor of Administration from the Integrated Regional University of High Uruguay and Missions, Campus Sant'Angelo. Experience in quality in services; Project management; Fuzzy TOPSIS; AHP; Local Productive Arrangements. Member of Innovation and Competitiveness Core- NIC (UFSM) and Research Group on Innovative Behavior, Stress and Work- GPCET (UFSM).

Italo Fernando Minello, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Has a degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Santa Maria? UFSM (1988), Master in Business Administration from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1998) and doctorate in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics, Business and Accounting at the University of São Paulo-USP (2010). He was adjunct professor in the Department of Administrative Sciences at UFSM, Professor of the permanent staff of the Graduate Program in Administration at UFSM, Experience in the Administration Area, with an emphasis on: people management, resilient behavior, business failure, entrepreneurial behavior and internationalization.

Luis Felipe Dias-Lopes, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Research Productivity Scholarship level 2 - CNPQ, Full Professor at the Department. of Administrative Sciences at the Federal University of Santa Maria. Leader of the Research Group: INNOVATIVE BEHAVIOR, STRESS AND WORK. Graduation in Mathematics from Faculdade Imaculada Conceição (1988), Master in Production Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (1994) and PhD in Production and Systems Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2001). Member of the Evaluation Committee of MEC, FAPEMA, FAPESPA and FAPESC. Member of the Scientific Committee of CAPES and CNPq in the Administration area. Has experience in: - Statistics: with emphasis on Quantitative Methods and Multivariate Analysis; - Administration, with an emphasis on Technological Innovation, Organizational Behavior and Behavioral Diseases.

Luciano Amaral, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Graduated in Administration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2005), specialization in Public Management from Centro Universitário Estácio (2018) and an academic master's degree in Administration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2020). He is currently an Administrator at the Federal University of Santa Maria-RS. He has experience in the area of Administration, with an emphasis on people management, working mainly on the following topics: theory of organizations, entrepreneurship, frugal innovation, innovation in education and organizational behavior.


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Bortoluzzi-Balconi, S., Cardoso-da Silva, D., Minello, I., Dias-Lopes, L., & Amaral, L. (2023). Teacher Actions: The Influence on Entrepreneurial Behavioral Characteristics of Students. Revista Electrónica Educare, 27(1), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.15359/ree.27-1.14455
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