Five competencies in the field of “Into action”
The content area develops taking the initiative, planning, management, coping with uncertainty, ambiguity and risk, working with others, and learning through experience.
Taking the initiative = the student acts independently
Organise a simple event with students. Plan and formulate goals. Let students take responsibility for decision-making and their actions when performing simple tasks up to large projects. Let students initiate the processes that create value.
Planning and management = the students plan the work
Show students how to set short-term and long-term goals. Set priorities, define action plans, and adapt to unpredictable changes. Students can evaluate their know-how and are not afraid of making mistakes because they will learn from them. They can adapt to changing circumstances.
Coping with uncertainty, ambiguity, and risk
Encourage students to try new things, not to be afraid of mistakes and to work with mistakes. When solving problems, they can build on their experiences and tell the difference between acceptable and unacceptable risks. They can try to eliminate the risk of failure by testing ideas and prototypes or by involving other team members.
Working with others
Give students as many opportunities as possible to work together and try out different roles in the team. Let students explain their attitudes, defend their opinions and ideas, and respect the opinions of others. According to their strengths, they can play a role in the team and work alone or as part of the team.
Learning through experience
Reflect, reflect, reflect. Teach students to learn. Teach them to learn from experience. Pass on experience to others and leave enough space for others to gain experience. Support the ability of students to self-reflect and critically accept the opinions of others.
The importance of entrepreneurship education is emphasised in the EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, which sets out a general key competency framework for anyone.
Source EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework
Key documents of entrepreneurship of Entrepreneurial mindsetTen commandments of an entreprenuerial principal
.Draft of Standard for Educating and Promoting Entrepreneurship Training
Recommended tools and activities for the development of entrepreneurial skills “Into action”:
- Team projects
- Student mini projects (short-term, long-term)
- Student competitions (implementation/project stage)
- Presentation of projects, ideas
- Student conferences
- Student companies
- Professional experience, internships in companies, including foreign ones
- Professional at school, a natural intersection of the school and the working world - see the concept of a professional of the day
- Excursions with practical activities for students
- School trips organised by pupils
- Activities prepared by secondary school pupils for primary school pupils
- Open days where pupils are (co)organisers
- Thematic days of companies
- Thematic days and weeks
- Pupils prepared school magazines, fairs, pavilions, exhibitions, pupils’ bazaars (stock exchanges, flea markets), garden parties and organisation of interest groups for the public, e.g., sewing (school-community connection), etc.
- Sports tournaments for parents, hiking, cycling rides, workshops for parents and children ..., support for the activities of the student parliament, extension of research-oriented teaching by the step Into Action!
- Participation in voluntary public benefit projects, i.e., volunteering
- Year-round class projects
- Projects based on cooperation between pupils from different grades