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Introducing Entrepreneurship in a School Setting - Entrepreneurial Learning as the Entrance Ticket
Mälardalen university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0164-5914
Stockholm university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7889-2331
2015 (English)In: The 8th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, Sheffield: Sheffield University , 2015, p. 756-772Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The prevailing economic world order relies on financial progress and business development, and entrepreneurship is seen as an important means to achieve this. To inspire the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set among citizens, public initiatives through education has improved and consequently entrepreneurship education is booming. Positioning our research within the discussion regarding entrepreneurship as a broader societal phenomenon, our contribution lies within a much less researched context – entrepreneurship in the lower secondary school. In this context we focus on the teachers’ perspective to investigate how they approach entrepreneurship and what they actually do when teaching it. Our results indicate that there has been a change in terminology from entrepreneurship to entrepreneurial learning. Furthermore, there has been a change in practice. The empirics show that an entrepreneurial learning approach includes real-life connected projects, collaboration with the surrounding community and practising entrepreneurial skills. Adding to this, working with entrepreneurial learning has in this context resulted in enhancing the motivation of pupils as well as a changed perspective on teaching and learning. Our theoretical contribution lies within the literature on societal entrepreneurship, providing a conceptual model of entrepreneurship education in lower secondary education which is an attempt to clarify and enrich the discussion the discussion on a definition of entrepreneurship in a school setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield: Sheffield University , 2015. p. 756-772
Keywords [en]
entrepreneurial learning, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, enterprise education, learning.
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Economics and Business
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Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73524OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73524DiVA, id: diva2:1201010
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The 8th International Conference for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Regional Development, ICEIRD2015, 18th and 19th June 2015, University of Sheffield
Available from: 2017-04-23 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved

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