After this training course, participants (teachers/university
students) should be able to
- Reflect on and understand how creativity, innovation, and
entrepreneurial competencies are put into practice in an educational context.
- 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.
- Gather and make use of feedback on the idea from potential users
and external actors.
- Implement the idea
- Evaluate the implementation process
It can be used for a few sessions or over a longer period of time.
Handbook (in German)
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’.
- To reflect on the design thinking methodology and about the use of that approach.
- To analyze an example of how to redesign a course based on the design thinking approach.
- To think upon the benefits of teaching and learning entrepreneurship through design thinking
Just reading the paper could take between 30 min and 1 hour.
This paper could be worked autonomously. The learner could read it and focused on different questions proposed by the lecturer to be answered by them before or after having worked in class the methodology known as design thinking.
There is not a fixed time as it depends on the number of questions proposed.
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Background: Entrepreneurship has traditionally been taught from a business administration perspective, where predicting the future is central and where the world is seen as linear with known inputs and outputs. The world of entrepreneurs is a quite different, usually highly uncertain environment, and therefore requires a different type of skill set. In this paper, we conceptualize entrepreneurial learning through a method- and design-based approach and illustrate how a course can be developed and designed.
Findings: In this paper it is argued that by utilizing design thinking and a methods approach, learning from a “through” approach can be achieved. This learning is more focused on the entrepreneurial process, highlighting the role of skills and mindset. This learning approach enables student-centered learning and focus on skills more applicable to entrepreneurs. It is also argued that the entrepreneurship process is not linear; therefore, creativity is central and finding structure is an unstructured process. Design thinking emphasizes a practical approach where students step outside the classroom. This experimentation and interaction in the real world of users and customers with real feedback is important in combination with reflection exercises.
Conclusions: This paper highlights how a methods approach and entrepreneurship education with a “through” perspective can be achieved by utilizing design thinking. This is elaborated conceptually and illustrated with an example. We argue that a methods approach for teaching entrepreneurship is beneficial, where design thinking can be one valuable tool and approach for teaching entrepreneurship.