An Empirical Study of Entrepreneurship and Identity Education in Japan

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Takuji Takemoto


Project based learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success. Although there are many concrete examples of PBL, many only include school teachers as leading the PBL education. This paper clarifies the role of the local company in entrepreneurship and local identity education and verifies its effects. A cohort study was used for this experimental method, in which 160 eleventh grade students from a high school in Fukui Prefecture participated. Participants were divided into two groups, with one group working with local companies, and the other being taught only by the school’s teachers. Over the experimental year, the students self-evaluated their learning and the numerical educational effect differences were assessed, from which it was found that the company group had significant “local identity” and “entrepreneurship” growth.


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