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Bilha Wambui Ngigi, Dr. Evangeline M. Gichunge, Dr. Risper Orero


Purpose: The main objective of this paper is to ascertain the connection shared by self-actualization factors and entrepreneurship education as a specialization among undergraduate students within universities in Kenya.

Methodology: This research was designed as a descriptive survey, correlation quantitative research. The study population of 2,043 students was drawn from 3rd year undergraduate business students who had already selected their areas of specialization. The Krejcie & Morgan sample formula for finite samples was used to yield a sample of 327 students that participated in the research. Questionnaires were the primary data collection instrument and the collected data was modeled through regresssion model and analyzed using SPSS version 24.

Results: Self-actualization and entrepreneurship education are negatively and significantly related (β =-1.459, p=0.000) The results therefore show a rejection of the null hypothesis therefore meaning that self-actualization has a significant effect on entrepreneurship education specialization.

Unique contribution to policy and practice: It is found that person inputs like self-fulfillment and identity are critical in deciding the career path that a student will take. It is therefore prudent for parents and people who view themselves as role models for students to first appreciate entrepreneurship as a worthy career path. Educators should be diligent in highlighting the benefits and esteem associated with choosing such a career path. Students should be exposed to knowledge of entrepreneurship as a valid career choice from an early age so that they may develop a strong sense of identity as they make their choices.

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