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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
What should teacher entrepreneurship training be based on?
To achieve sustainability and longevity in entrepreneurship education, teacher training needs to be based on a range of interrelated elements:

  • Good initial teacher education
    By studying in an institution that enforces entrepreneurship education in a broad sense, student teachers develop a range of skills and methods that enables them to be innovative and entrepreneurial themselves.
  • Teacher education institutions with an entrepreneurial strategy and a vision
    Entrepreneurship education can be embedded as a horizontal approach throughout the whole study programme, by viewing it as a key competence important to any teachers’ qualifications rather than as an isolated subject.
  • Entrepreneurial teacher education programmes built around new pedagogies
    To act entrepreneurially, active learning is necessary. Contemporary pedagogies (e.g. project-based, active learning or independent learning) should be applied.
  • Quality continuing professional development
    High quality programmes for the continuing professional development of existing teachers are needed to support entrepreneurial teachers, and to make sure that those who did not have the chance to experience entrepreneurship education during their initial training can catch up with the latest developments.
  • A school to work in that values entrepreneurial spirit and good support from effective school leaders
    An entrepreneurial school has a vision for its future needs and a clear view of how entrepreneurship education fits into the broader curriculum and development plan. Developing entrepreneurship in initial teacher education (ITE) will struggle to have significant impact if teachers subsequently progress into schools which are not embracing the concept of entrepreneurship education.
  • Partners in the community
    Support systems have a vital role to play in making progress. Schools and teacher education institutions should establish links and cooperation structures with businesses and community organisations to support their entrepreneurship curriculum.
  • Entrepreneurial teaching networks
    To assure continuous quality, teachers engaged in entrepreneurial teaching and learning should develop a network, meeting regularly and exchanging experiences, know-how and material.
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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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