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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Education System

Innovation and entrepreneurship in education provide a mix of creativity, experiential learning, skill building and most importantly, a shift in mindset. Certainly the earlier and more widespread the exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship, the more likely students will consider entrepreneurial ideas at some point in the future.

 

The implementation of the entrepreneurial idea in the future will reflect the progression in the level of skills and qualifications students need to acquire in the course of their education. Thus the aim in primary and secondary schools is that students develop competencies such as creativity, initiative, inventiveness and personal qualities within all the standards and performance indicators to apply the 21st century skills that are necessary to adapt to our changing world.


The main focus is on developing cross curricular approaches and making it easier to coordinate the various educational programs as pupils conduct research and prepare written and visual presentations of their work.


Another main point to consider is the position of the educators as role models in a dynamic and social process where individuals alone, or in collaboration, identify opportunities for innovation. It is essential to build up the educators' skills to act upon these aspects by transforming ideas into practical and targeted activities, whether in a social, cultural or economic context .This should be done through capacity building, competence development, practical experience and research with an ongoing training in innovative teaching and learning methods.

 

Among the main issues in the training course are:

- Developing ways of thinking: critical, creative, strategic and tactical thinking

 

- Developing social skills, collective performance techniques and teamwork

 

- Analyzing the incorporation of innovative ideas

 

- Presenting the importance of a supportive environment, a community of learning and the influence of motivation for learning and self-improvement

 

- Becoming an entrepreneur: skills, concepts and practices

 

- The Educator / Teacher / Entrepreneur: Education & work culture, curricula development, educational initiatives, project development, project-based learning, innovation in education, success stories, the educator as an entrepreneur and a leader.

 

- Student-based Learning: Student entrepreneur communities, examples of initiatives.

 

- The school and the community as entrepreneurs

 

- Presenting the idea of experimental schools as entrepreneurial environments