Towards Greater Cooperation and Coherence in Entrepreneurship Education

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EU Entrepreneurship Education Panel Prag.jpg

Towards Greater Cooperation and Coherence in Entrepreneurship Education

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European Commission, 2010
DG Enterprise and Industry
DG Education and Culture
Brussels: Publications Office of the European Union

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Building on developments that have been in train since the late 1990s, in 2009 the European Commission carried out a pilot action that brought together senior officials from the ministries of education and enterprise of EU Member States and EEA countries (Iceland and Norway), along with representatives from stakeholder groups such as business organisations and teachers' trades unions. The aims were: 1) to review what has been achieved so far in entrepreneurship education in each participating country, and 2) to discuss the means and ways to develop more systematic approaches to the development and delivery of policy and practice in entrepreneurship education, as well as to raise the profile of and build momentum behind entrepreneurship education in national and regional policy. The mechanism selected to do this were four workshops, or High Level Reflection Panels, each of which was attended by ministry officials from clusters of seven or eight EU/EEA countries, along with representatives from stakeholder bodies. This report, written by ECOTEC Research & Consulting Ltd, presents the proceedings of these workshops and draws final conclusions from them.

The report provides:

  1. The findings from the Panels on the current state of play in entrepreneurship education, especially in relation to the development of entrepreneurship education strategies and their implementation.

  2. A framework for mapping the area of entrepreneurship education, building strategy, priority setting and action, using a progression model developed from the discussions of the Panels.

  3. A 'cook book' of good practices which show how to address key areas within the progression model.

  4. Recommendations for action at EU level to support developments within Member States.