Tuesday, 17 July 2012

INTERESTING EVENT: Supporting Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe:
Creating Sustainable Employment and Promoting Equal Opportunities
The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels
Tuesday 18th September 2012

Mr. Marko Curavic
Head of Unit, Entrepreneurship
DG ENTR, European Commission
Ms. Madi Sharma
Group I - Employers - UK
European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Introducing the CRCL Model

ADEPTT partners got together in Valnalon premises (Spain) in June to derive some conclusions from WP2 research and start shaping the teacher training module. The second project meeting received some coverage in the local media but that's another story you can read here (in spanish) 

ADEPTT basic premise considers enterprising teaching as a driver of enterprising learning.  The overall aim of ADEPTT teacher training module is to engage and equip teachers with tools to adopt more innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to teaching through a personalized and self-guided process that builds on enterprising elements already present in their teaching.

To set things on track four key enablers or building blocks or enterprising teaching have been identified under the acronym CRCL that stands for: 
  • Creativity
  • Reflective Practice
  • Community Engagement
  • Learning Environment. 

 The CRCL model is actually being  used as a scaffold to structure the contents of the teacher training module. Further info on each element of the model will follow soon. 

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Entrepreneurial Education Learning Needs of Teachers

Theoretical findings and a survey with 200 teachers from 8 partner countries shows that there is a recognized need to implement entrepreneurship education in initial teacher training.

You can find the report here

According to the literature and the best practices’ results, an effective implementation of entrepreneurship education in teacher training, needs to consider 3 dimensions of learning:
  1. Specific Knowledge about Entrepreneurship
  2. Skills(e.g. entrepreneurial planning, organisation, communication, negotiation,  team work, risk assessment, capacity to identify opportunities, etc);
  3. Attitudes (e.g. initiative, proactivity, independence, motivation and determination to meet goals).
Considering all the dimensions analysed in this report, we recommend 5 areas of content to be included in future entrepreneurship teacher training initiatives:
  • Clarification of global concepts that help teachers understand the advantages of entrepreneurship and contribute with their own expertise to its definition and implementation.
  • A significant focus on entrepreneurship education and teaching methods that promote entrepreneurial attitudes.
  • Inclusion of enterprising teaching techniques that enhance teachers’ own entrepreneurial behaviour and practical knowledge.
  • Teaching trainees to train their own colleagues. Investing in dissemination  and networking.
  • A business coaching approach that allows teachers to follow-up, evaluate and coach their student’s start-up projects and small businesses. 

Experiences already carried out by the ADEPTT partners in entrepreneurship education inform us about difficulties that might be find in practice:
       Partnering between educational sector and industry,
       Certification and recognition of practices,
       Assessment/evaluation of the programs,

Report: Enterprising Minds: Enterprise, Further Education and the UK Economy

Enterprising Minds:  Enterprise, Further Education and the UK Economy (June 2012)”.  A new report published by the “Carnegie UK Trust” explores the attitudes of young people towards enterprise education and the future in a changing economy.  It focuses on how students view practical enterprise - starting a business or working self-employed - and the contribution education systems make to the understanding of these work types.  

REPORT: Enterprise Education: Impact and Delivery -- Insights from the Evidence

“Enterprise Education: Impact and Delivery -- Insights from the Evidence (May 2012)*  A new joint interim report published by the *Education and Employers Taskforce* and *Pearson Think Tank* highlights the widespread variation in access to enterprise and entrepreneurship education at school.