Call for proposal: an overview of the applicants and the jury
On April 8th a call for case studies was launched which aimed to collect and document the variety of activities and approaches taken by different schools and VET institutions, with the ultimate purpose to use them to inform the process of developing the Entrepreneurship360 tool . Across Europe, numerous activities are underway to promote entrepreneurship in primary and secondary education and in vocational education and training. Substantial variations exist between different countries and individual schools and colleges, in whether and how entrepreneurship is promoted.
The call was received with much enthusiasm from the community and gathered 104 applications from 27 countries in three domains:
- Practices in promoting entrepreneurship – how entrepreneurship is taught, what are the expected and achieved learning outcomes.
- Entrepreneurial schools – whole-school approaches to promote entrepreneurship, competitions, awards, involvement of parents, partner organisations, etc.
- Strategic partnerships in promoting entrepreneurship – making the learning experience relevant, involving non-educational organisations in the design and delivery of education activities. Practices in promoting entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial schools or VET institutions; strategic partnerships in promoting entrepreneurship.
Diversity in practices evolving in many different settings:
These applications cover all the education levels relevant to the Entrepreneurship360 project. They vary in whether they are implemented by the education institution itself or by a public or private organisation working in collaboration with the education institutions.
As expected, the proposals show many differences in terms of host institution and their status, as well as practices that are implemented in them, all showing inspiring responses to the challenges they face in their respective environments. It is however possible to extract certain trends and main common features from those abstracts. Many applications display inspiring teaching methods, for example with young pupil engagement with their natural and economic environment, learning about nature and its value and sharing this knowledge outside the classroom at a very early age. At an older age, many of the applicants are engaging their students in startups, or junior enterprises. Some applicants also tackle the issue of shifting to a more inclusive education for all, through partnerships, curriculum adaptation, or encouraging the integration and acceptance of different groups.
Out of those 104, the team at OECD LEED Trento centre selected the 85 application that fulfilled format, information and scope prerequisites, to be analysed by the jury. Out of these applications, 9 were made on the three themes of the call, 9 applied to “teaching and learning practices” and “strategic partnerships”, 39 on “teaching and learning practices” and “Entrepreneurial schools”. The remaining 33 applications were made on only one theme 1 for “the Entrepreneurial schools”, 6 on “strategic partnership” and 26 on “Practices in promoting entrepreneurship”. While all schooling levels are represented in the applicants group, almost half of them are focusing on lower and higher secondary education.
Jury composed of experts from different backgrounds:
The jury has now the heavy task of selecting the 20 abstracts whose authors and/or schools will receive the EUR 500 fee to write up a case and get the opportunity to present their case study in an OECD event. It is composed of 14 experts, practitioners, civil society members and researchers from all around Europe. They will be voting for the best abstract base on a pre-agreed criteria list with precise items that includes the innovativeness, reach, impact, sustainability and reproducibility of the practice.
Results will be made public by the beginning of july.