Educational Practices for Improvement of Entrepreneurial Skills at Secondary School Level

Wilfried Lepuschitz, Gottfried Koppensteiner, Ursula Leeb-Bracher, Kurt Hollnsteiner, Munir Merdan

Abstract


Entrepreneurial knowledge and skills can play a crucial role for young people in order to achieve a bright professional perspective. In this context, entrepreneur-ship education can make a significant contribution to the development of their en-trepreneurial attitudes and skills. It can inspire future graduates to develop and in-ternalize entrepreneurial mindsets and prepare them for the challenges of the fu-ture. This paper introduces four practices for fostering entrepreneurial skills car-ried out at Vienna’s biggest secondary school Vienna Institute of Technolo-gy/Technologisches Gewerbemuseum (TGM). Two of the presented approaches are realized by the TGM alone (the Junior Company and the Learning Office) while the other two are implemented in cooperation with the non-profit associa-tion Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA) and the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) of the Vienna University of Technology (iBridge and Mak-ers@School, the latter also with further partners).

Keywords


entrepreneurship; education; self-organized learning; outreach; Junior Company; Learning Office; robotics; makers; co-design workshops

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International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP) – ISSN: 2192-4880
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