ACTIVITY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Entrepreneurship education consists of subject content and methodology. Content areas are related to the operation of a business, the role of entrepreneurship in society, career choices, various societal sectors, the ethics of entrepreneurship, and the distribution of responsibilities between entrepreneur and consumer.

The related teaching method refers to the mindset and operational culture in schools.

  • It encourages schoolchildren to search for information and analyse it actively and independently
  • Active learning and information-seeking refer to cross-subject collaboration and the extension of teaching outside the school as well

Each  school day and lesson provides opportunities to

  • practise collaboration skills
  • encourage schoolchildren to make independent decisions
  • seek alternative practices
  • inspire the children to rise to a challenge
  • learn to deal with disappointment

 

How to emphasise creativity in everyday schoolwork?

In its simplest sense, creativity means listening to pupils and applying to practice their ideas and suggestions for working methods – in other words, the opportunity to break established patterns.

For example, once a teacher carefully outlines an assignment, at least one pupil is bound to ask whether he or she might complete it differently.

An easy answer for the teacher could be: That’s a great idea, but let’s nevertheless all do it the same way.

On the other hand, an answer promoting creativity and entrepreneurship would be: Good idea. Try to do it your way and let us know how it worked!

An operational culture that allows for alternative methods

  • increases courage to realise one’s own ideas
  • gives the courage to achieve one’s own goals
  • encourages one to try out new working methods

 

(updated 12.3.2012)