Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe. National Strategies, Curricula and Learning Outcomes

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Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe. National Strategies, Curricula and Learning Outcomes

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European Commission/EACEA, 2012
Eurydice Report
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union

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The European Commission has long supported and helped further the cause of entrepreneurship education. Within the education and training agenda, the strategic framework for European cooperation, Education and Training 2020 has, as its fourth long-term strategic objective, to enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training. The Commission is continuing its support through the Europe 2020 strategy where the need to embed creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship into education systems is highlighted in three flagship programmes: Youth on the Move, An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, and Innovation Union.

The Eurydice Unit of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has coordinated the collection of data and the preparation and drafting of this comparative overview. The questionnaire was developed in close cooperation with the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture. This comparative overview analyses the main information received from the Eurydice Network, representing 31 European countries. It is divided into four chapters covering:

  1. National strategies and action plans to encourage the integration of entrepreneurship education.

  2. How entrepreneurship education is currently being addressed in national educational steering documents in terms of general approaches and subject curricula.

  3. Specific learning outcomes defined for entrepreneurship education and any practical guidelines to support teachers.

  4. Initiatives to promote entrepreneurship education and the current situation on educational reforms impacting on the subject.

Examples of current practice from individual countries are given in the overview. However, in addition, a complete set of national descriptions is available in the second part of this report; these include references and links to all the relevant policy documents.