London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Educating for competitiveness and entrepreneurship

Author(s) Pressing, Z. & Fülöp, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
Modern forms of citizenship are embedded in a nation’s societal and economic context that is based on democracy and capitalist market economy in most European countries. For Hungary being a relatively new democracy with its 20 years of democratic traditions promoting fair competition and entrepreneurship is of crucial importance. Teachers play an important socializing role in educating the next generation. However, previous research shows that Hungarian teachers were found to be significantly more opposed towards enterprise than were teachers from England (Fülöp, Davies, Berkics, Hutchings, Ross, 2004). The goal of the present study was to reveal how Hungarian teachers view the role of schools in preparing students for competition and for entrepreneurship in life. Teachers were also asked if they see a relationship between competition and business and about their perception of the extent individual entrepreneurs contribute to common good. According to our results, from the teachers’ point of view there is a very strong and complex relation between the examined phenomena: competition and entrepreneurship. Both of them are valued in a rather ambivalent way and in teachers’ opinion the institutional socialisation might be insufficient in both cases. It also seems to be a well based hypothesis that there is a significant tension between the phenomena of citizenship and enterprise. Keywords: competition, enterprise, entrepreneurship education, public interest, Hungary

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