Entrepreneurship education includes learning technical skills (e.g. book-keeping), soft skills (entrepreneurial mindset), and the business life-cycle (e.g. concept development).

Embedding entrepreneurship studies in high school and tertiary education will give young Australians the skills and confidence required to launch a business.

user picture Erin Watson-Lynn · 2 years ago · 94 votes · 11 comments
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I agree with entrepreneurship education and it should be for all age groups in schools and the wider community.
Deborah Towns · 2 years ago
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I agree with entrepreneurship education and it should be for all age groups in schools and the wider community.
Deborah Towns · 2 years ago
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i would not limit this to entrepreneurship education....everyone talks about innovation yet few talk about developing a deep level of understanding this very wide body of knowledge. There is a lot of comment now in the US to recognize that innovation skills and entrepreneurship skills are two different bodies of work. This does not show up much in AU as the two concepts are lumped together. I would suggest a lot of start ups fail as they owners were simply not innovative enough in how they solve the many challenges of starting and growing a business. In schools this could easily start with understanding problem solving, the common mistakes we make and some tools for prompted new ideas. This could be enhanced by a basic understanding in how we think in different ways. There are lots of opportunities here.
Ed Bernacki · 2 years ago
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We need this, but it will also require fixing the funding model most state schools operate under, a very large amount of what they can spend can only be spent on an 'approved list'. This list is usually out of date and to me, is more about supplying submarket technologies into schools from a chosen few (i.e. 2) suppliers and locking out the dynamic market competition - so no way local businesses can have a mutually beneficial relationship with their local schools - which could lead to work experience etc and then links with startups etc - use the schools budgets to help build the local innovation network basically. I discussed this with a regional IT lead for NSW edu and it appears to be more about making the experience the same for those students who move between schools and making it easy to centrally manage the software library available. So to me it's done to service a minority for a non problem (just spec a minimum spec and your software library should work everywhere - it doesn't need to all be cloned one supplier boxes, so 90's IT mindset). The hardware I saw was rather subpar and even the new stuff going in was well behind the curve, to the extent that some students had to use their family laptops to be able to complete coursework as the school PC"s couldn't cope! So much for the software library being able to run everywhere; utter BS. The doors need blowing off this restriction - TAFEs seem to be trusted to spend their IT budget as they see fit, why not schools? See my entry if you support this aspect.
Keith Marlow · 2 years ago
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Fantastic idea Erin. I recently learnt about a form of education called Project-Based Learning where students gain knowledge and skills by working in teams for an extended period of time, to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem or challenge. This approach seems to lend itself really well to developing the entrepreneurial mindset aspect you suggest.
Margaret Quixley · 2 years ago
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Great idea. Can we even extend an entrepreneurial education to primary school when children's mindsets are still so creative and experimental?
Rowan Brookes-Monash · 2 years ago
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I think this is a great idea, and in Melbourne there is a school launching in 2016 that will pioneer this approach.
Erin Watson-Lynn · 2 years ago
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Thanks for your comments! Chris, that's wonderful, do you find the uptake to be a positive one? How do you find your kids educational outcomes differ from mainstream education??
Erin Watson-Lynn · 2 years ago
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My kids already do this at their school.
Chris Drake · 2 years ago
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Thanks, Chris. That's great. How does the school go about implementing this program?
Erin Watson-Lynn · 2 years ago
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Awesome and succinct way to voice it. We need to start to embed a different mindset earlier. This is the start of the pipeline for future success, we need to overfill it.
Stephen Baxter · 2 years ago
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