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Does entrepreneurial knowledge influence vocational students’ intention? Lessons from Indonesia



Objective: The study attempts to extend the current understanding of entrepreneurship education by engaging the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge, and the intention to be an entrepreneur. The second purpose is to highlight through testing the moderating role of entrepreneurial knowledge on the relationship between entrepreneurial education and students’ intention to be entrepreneurs.

Research Design & Methods: The approach utilised in this study was a quantitative research design using a survey model. The participants of this study were recruited from vocational students in Jakarta who enrolled in the entrepreneurial education course. Furthermore, the data were analysed using exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and structural equation modelling (SEM).

Findings: Entrepreneurship education impacts three variables, including entrepreneurial mind-set, knowledge, and intention. Entrepreneurial knowledge influences students’ intention to be entrepreneurs; however, it has an insignificant impact on entrepreneurial mindset.

Implications & Recommendations: Entrepreneurship education in Indonesia should be further developed due to its essential role in education young entrepreneurs, for instance, through curriculum revitalisation.

Contribution & Value Added: Notwithstanding the relatively limited sample, this work offers valuable insights into the important role of entrepreneurship education and vocational students’ intention to be entrepreneurs in Indonesia.


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Author Biography

Rr Ponco Dewi Karyaningsih

Associate professor at Faculty of Economics Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia. He has taught courses related to entrepreneurship and education. Research interests: entrepreneurship education; education.

Correspondence to: Rr Ponco Dewi Karyaningsih, Faculty of Economics, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Jalan Rawamangun Muka, Jakarta Timur, 13220, Indonesia, e-mail:

Agus Wibowo

Assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Faculty of Economics Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia. He is doctoral candidate in Economic Education, Universitas Negeri Malang. His concerned as editor and reviewer in several social sciences journal and focused on entrepreneurship education and economic education. Research interests: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship education; education.

Correspondence to: Agus Wibowo, Faculty of Economics, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Jalan Rawamangun Muka, Jakarta Timur, 13220, Indonesia, e-mail:

Ari Saptono

Associate professor of educational assessment at Faculty of Economics Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia. His concerned in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He has taught courses related to economics education, educational assessment entrepreneurship. Research interests: entrepreneurship education; entrepreneurship; educational assessment.

Correspondence to: Ari Saptono, Faculty of Economics, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Jalan Rawamangun Muka, Jakarta Timur, 13220, Indonesia, e-mail:

Bagus Shandy Narmaditya

Lecturer at Faculty of Economics, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia. He graduated his bachelor and master degree in Economic Education Program at Universitas Negeri Malang. His research focus in economic education, entrepreneurship education, and economic welfare. He participated at the GSE summer school at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Spain. He also actively participated in the international conferences in various countries such as in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hongkong, and Japan.

Correspondence to: Bagus Shandy Narmaditya, Faculty of Economics, Universitas Negeri Malang, Jalan Semarang 5 Malang, 65145, Indonesia  , e-mail:


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