Barriers of Entrepreneurship Education Courses Delivering in Agricultural Applied Scientific Education Centers (AASECs); Case of Fars Province, Iran




Entrepreneurship courses had a tremendous potential to improve the knowledge and skills of the
students in Agricultural Applied-Scientific Education Centers (AASECs) to make a business after
graduating. This study was designed to analyze barriers of entrepreneurship education courses
delivering in AASECs in Fars Province. The population of the study consisted of all 1018 students in
four AASECs in Fars province (Shiraz, Jahrom, Aliabad Kamin & Marvdasht) in 2010-11 academic
year. A multi-stage stratified random sampling was applied to select 178 students as samples research.
The instrument for collecting data was a questionnaire, which its validity was confirmed by a panel of
experts. In addition, the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was calculated (α= 0.89) that confirmed the
reliability of the scale used in the study. The factor analysis results showed that, weakness in
supportive and counseling services (19.50%), inadequate of applied education (17.89%), inadequate of
recognizing of financial and management regulation (11.94%) and weakness in educational planning
(11.67%) were the main obstacles in delivering of entrepreneurship education courses in AASECs in
the Fars province. These four factors could explain 61.1% variance of the obstacle variable.