Teaching entrepreneurship is a modern and different way of teaching. -We need training, teachers say
Entrepreneurship education is turning away from subject-orientated learning, and is adopting a more competence-orientated approach. Teachers all over Europe require more training to be able to teach in this modern way.
Entrepreneurship education (EE) is connected to «learning by doing» and a modern, versus traditional, pedagogy. New research in five countries has shown a wide range of experiences about teachers’ preparation and training for EE and the JA Company Programme (CP). A minority of the teachers reported that they studied EE in higher education and/or attended basic training and follow-up courses from Junior Achievement. These teachers felt competent teaching entrepreneurship, both in the pedagogical process and in the academic content of the CP. The majority of the teachers, however, reported that they have inadequate competence in entrepreneurial teaching, and called for better training opportunities. Among the teachers surveyed, newcomers especially felt they had inadequate training for the responsibility of leading their students in CP.
Enthusiastic and competent teachers play a crucial role in the implementation and upscaling of EE, and having access to good teacher training is important. By the same token, if the teachers lack sufficient training and knowledge of entrepreneurship education, the teachers themselves may become major hindrances.
The Innovation Clusters for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) is a three-year research project/policy experiment in 25 European schools. It analyses drivers and hindrances related to reaching the European goal of offering every young person a practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education (Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan).