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Handbook: Be an entrepreneur! Self-initiative and learning motivation with entrepreneurial teaching

Goal/Purpose

After this training course, participants (teachers/university students) should be able to

  1. Reflect on and understand how creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial competencies are put into practice in an educational context.
  2. Recognize opportunities in their lessons that are suitable for an entrepreneurial project, develop and evaluate an idea, and present it to their colleagues and/or other actors.
  3. Gather and make use of feedback on the idea from potential users and external actors.
  4. Implement the idea
  5. Evaluate the implementation process

Duration

It can be used for a few sessions or over a longer period of time.

Material

Handbook (in German)

https://www.dkjs.de/fileadmin/Redaktion/Dokumente/themen/Jugend_Zukunft/Entrepreneur_Teaching_DKJS_2014.pdf

Description

The handbook gives practical advice and provides teachers and trainers details about how such a training course could be designed.        

The concept is based on the following understandings:

Personal experience: Only when teachers have learned themselves – that is, experienced in their own learning processes – what self-directed, creative learning feels like, will they be able to create an entrepreneurial culture among their pupils.

Reflection: The participants become aware of which approaches they already successfully practice and how to strengthen them. They reflect on their role and pedagogical approach and how they view their pupils.

Motivation: Learner motivation and successful learning depend on flexible and innovative teaching styles and methods.

Doing something new: This concept of professional development does not include any rigid learning units but is instead based on the intrinsic desire of teachers to do something new and be innovative.

Role model: When teachers themselves use entrepreneurial competencies in their lessons, this motivates their pupils to acquire them as well. We call this way of teaching ‘entrepreneurial teaching’.

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