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This study uses the Entrepreneurial Attitudes Orientation (EAO) survey to determine whether students enrolled in a small business consulting course changed their attitude towards entrepreneurship. The EAO survey was used in a pre-test at the beginning of the semester and a post-test at the end of the semester, and four other key factors (age, intention to own a business, hours worked, and semesters as full-time students) are also used to search for an explanation of change in students’ attitude towards entrepreneurship. The EAO survey was administered to students in a small business consulting class as well as marketing classes, used as a control group, for seven consecutive semesters. No significant attitude change was found for the small business consulting course in the overall EAO. However, the EAO measure did find a significant change in attitude among students who aspired to own a business and who possessed a strong work ethic.
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