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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
Which skills should be developed by students?
Achieving the European strategic objectives in the field of education and training “Education and training 2020” involves developing relevant skills for growth and competitiveness, enhancing young people’s employability, help them acquire transversal skills needed to develop entrepreneurship and adapt to the evolution of the employment market.

What are these transversal skills?

They are non-technical skills, which students can apply in the world of work, but also in all aspects of their life as citizens. Creativity, confidence, perseverance, sense of responsibility, team spirit…

Nine personal skills and attitudes according to the training programme of the Quebec School for secondary education, second cycle:
  • Using information
  • Solving problems
  • Making critical judgements
  • Applying one’s creative thinking
  • Taking effective working methods
  • Using ICT
  • Updating one’s potential
  • Cooperating
  • Communicating in an appropriate way.

Skills than can be put in three categories, according to “Bruxelles Formation”:

Methodological transversal skills
It concerns adaptability and autonomy: making critical judgements, applying one’s creative thinking, solving problems effectively, using information …

Social transversal skills
It concerns sociability: communicating in an appropriate way, managing conflicts and aggressiveness, coordinating one’s activities with the team members, cooperating…

Contribution transversal skills
It concerns responsibility and participation: acting responsibly, making adequate decisions based on one’s ability to act, setting and ordering one’s priorities, suggesting sustainable organisational solutions, creating an intervention network…

A limited series of key competencies identified by the OECD Programme on Definition and Selection of Competencies (DeSeCo) and sorted in three interrelated categories:

Using tools in an interactive way
  • Using language, symbols and texts in an interactive way
  • Using knowledge and information in an interactive way
  • Using technologies in an interactive way

Interacting with heterogeneous groups
  • Establishing good relationships with others
  • Cooperating, working in team
  • Managing and solving conflicts

Acting autonomously
  • Acting in a global context
  • Setting up and achieving life projects and personal programmes
  • Defending and asserting one’s rights, interests, limitations and needs

Experiment-based learning, project-based work will give students the possibility to apply those competencies and qualifications needed to develop entrepreneurship, i.e. turning ideas into actions.
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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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