Methods and participants

The project methodology relies on fieldwork in twenty academic and vocational schools, in five European regions.

In each schools, 50% of the students will participate in a mini-company experience and 50% will not (control group). Students, teachers and headmasters, parents and business volunteers will be asked to take part in the research by answering some questions in online questionnaires and forms and providing further feedback trough face-to-face interviews and focus groups. A completely external school not running the mini-company experience will be involved in the research as well.

By using control groups and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, a team of researchers led by Eastern Norway Research Institute will collect and analyse data to answer the following research questions:

Research questions:

  • What kind of learning outcomes can be identified?
    • Does increased focus on entrepreneurship education enhance the learning of other subjects and basic skills?
    • What is the effect on entrepreneurial ambitions and potential?
    • What is the effect on general entrepreneurial abilities?
    • Does school motivation (and presence) increase?
  • What kind of hindrances and drivers can we identify for entrepreneurship education?
  • Is it possible to identify any community effects (parents, volunteers, local community)?

More information about the research methodology is available HERE.

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