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This module focuses on initiatives and training to stimulate entrepreneurship among students, suggesting ideas to train entrepreneurial teachers, presenting entrepreneurial projects carried out in schools and proposing methods to create a network and to find funds.

Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools

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Chapter 2: How to develop entrepreneurship at school
How to become an entrepreneurial teacher?
Teachers cannot teach how to be entrepreneurial without themselves being entrepreneurial!

Teachers must have the possibility to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to creativity and entrepreneurship, which they will integrate in their teaching. They need to be able to develop a business creation project with their students.

Entrepreneurship training for teachers is a prerequisite, like a favourable school environment, in which creativity and risk taking are encouraged, and errors considered as opportunities to learn.

In French-speaking Belgium (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles), for example, teacher continuing training in entrepreneurship is provided by the “l’Agence pour l’Entreprise et l’Innovation” (Agency for enterprise and innovation, formally Agency for economic stimulation). It is structured as a training offer for teachers, headteachers…

Three interrelated modules are offered. They are completed with on-site supervision and networking activities:
  • Entrepreneurial pedagogy”: this module aims to develop project-centred pedagogy, with such topics as ICT and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurial school”: this module targets the more systemic aspects in developing a proactive entrepreneurial school that is connected to its environment
  • Creation of activities”: this module targets awareness, acquisition and transfer of skills and knowledge related to creating and developing enterprises.

This training was the object of an in-depth analysis in the research “Entrepreneurship Education: A road to success” (Case Study 5).

Other examples of training, such as the “ADEPTT” project (Entrepreneurial Practice in Teacher Training) or “SEECEL” project (training specifically focussed on teacher initial and continuing training) are presented in Chapter 5, in the “Best practice at the European level” section.
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Date: 2016.08.03

Posted by S. Cabrerizo - Spain

The e-learning guide is very useful. Module 4, Innovative Entrepreneurial Experiences at Schools, provides easy examples for teachers.
The negative side is is that there is a lot of information in English, and sometimes it is difficult to follow it if you have an intermediate level of English. Moreover, as a suggestion, I think it could be a good idea to have it in a download version to print the most interesting parts.

Date: 2016.07.07

Posted by Didier Cahour - France

This module is a little bit complex and theoretical. Good practices at the end are relevant.

Date: 2016.07.06

Posted by Gabriela Vrabie - Romania

This module highlights a very important aspect of education: entrepreneurship education in schools, vocational schools and universities, which will definitely have a positive impact on entrepreneurial dynamism in our economies, on young people’s employability.
To this end it not only raises teachers and counsellors’ awareness about the benefits of enterprise projects but also provides them with invaluable tips on how to implement such enterprise projects at their own school. Teachers and counsellors will find practical advice on the necessary steps in creating an enterprise project at school, how an enterprise works or how to search for funds such as crowdfunding. The module also proposes teachers, educators or guidance counsellors a series of best practices to get inspired from.

Date: 2016.07.05

Posted by Martine Prignon (AEDE-EL) - Belgium

The choice of topics and the study of them provide a valuable source of information to teachers, trainers, counselors...
The best practices and online resources add a useful complement to theory, by presenting concrete examples of experiences, projects, exchanges between peers...

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