Recommendations on Content & Tools()
Entrepreneurship education sits well alongside any subject or age level. It should be embedded across all areas of the curriculum and at all education levels – the group recommends the implementation of a progression model as the one presented in section 3.
The entrepreneurship education programmes or tools available for teachers should be easy to implement as well as promote an entrepreneurial mind-set and life skills students need to succeed in a global economy. They should be accompanied by quality assurance instruments that would help teachers evaluate the success of the programme and students’ learning outcomes.
All content and tools should be focused on learning-by-doing (experiential learning, project work, etc.) when it comes to entrepreneurship education. Experiences like the mini-company should be available for all students during their formal studies.
Entrepreneurship education programmes delivered in the classroom should be practical and linked to the world of work in order to better prepare students for the real challenges they will be facing once they finalise their studies. Students need strong role-models and the business community can offer volunteers able to play that role. Only in this way students can learn first-hand about the different careers opportunities, understand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and/or employee and become better prepared for their life after leaving school.
The digital dimension also plays a key role in entrepreneurship education. The use of blended learning (combining face-to-face and online) can help to increase student motivation, learning’s efficacy and help to simulate real-life situations where learners improve their skills and their problem-solving abilities.
A space where teachers can access new tools and programmes, share their experience and learn from their peers from across Europe is highly recommended. All the good practices identified by ICEE cluster on Content and Tools as well as the ones put forward by ICEE Innovation Cluster on Teacher Training can be of high value for educators across Europe.
Promoting and facilitating access to high quality and well-tested tools and methods can make it easy for teachers to move into entrepreneurship education, increase its impact and uptake.