First Results

Entrepreneurship education is new for parents. They need to be informed and involved

The majority of 3500 parents participating in a survey have a positive attitude to EE. But they also feel uninformed about EE.

Currently, parents play a minor role in entrepreneurship education (EE). A new survey in five countries confirms that parents are neither seen as an obstacle or a driver for spreading EE. But the majority of the 3500 parents participating in the survey still have a positive attitude to EE, and in particular they favour methods based on real experience (e.g. mini-companies, project work with real enterprises). 

In group interviews in the five countries, parents confirmed that they felt very satisfied with the practical and non-theoretical way of learning that EE and the JA Company programme (CP) represented. However, they also felt uninformed about the big picture, including the learning process and the lack, in their view, of individual assessment. Parents need more information about the CP and the pedagogical platform on which it rests; only then can they become more involved and thereby act as a positive driver for EE in school.

The Innovation Clusters for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) is a three-year research project/policy experiment in 25 European schools. It analyses drivers and hindrances related to reaching the European goal of offering every young person a practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving compulsory education (Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan).

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