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Entrepreneurship education activities in LUT


Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has for many years taken part in national and international projects and has become as an important actor in the field of entrepreneurship education and research. LUT promotes entrepreneurship in many ways, such as with different degree programmes and a wide range of continuing education. See some examples about our entrepreneurship education activities below.  

Projects

Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education

Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education was a four-year ESF development project (S10339) during which indicators and a related manual was prepared for entrepreneurship education. The indicators are intended for basic education and are modified for the purposes of secondary education where applicable. The indicators are built to support the work of teachers, principals and decision-makers, and to guide entrepreneurship education.  

The project  was coordinated by Lappeenranta University of Technology and implemented in part by Kehittämiskeskus Opinkirjo (Centre for School Clubs). The project was funded by the Finnish National Board of Education, and private funding has been granted by Yksityisyrittäjäin Säätiö (foundation for entrepreneurship). In addition, partners in the project include a number of municipalities and educational organisations from all around Finland. Read more about the project here.

After that project, also the English version of Measurement tool for Enterprise Education™ is launched. It is an easy-to-use, Web-based self-evaluation tool for teachers and principals. The tool evaluates contents, modes of operation, and methods of teaching. After answering you will receive your personal feedback on your activity by email. That will help you to develop your know-how in entrepreneurship and enterprise education. It is a little shorter than the Finnish version and takes only 5 minutes to answer the tool. You can find it here.

The Entrepreneurial School (TES)

As from 2012, LUT has been a member on a joint EU funded project with colleagues from 9 other countries, supporting teacher development across Europe through an online CPD portal – “the Entrepreneurial school”. See more: The Entrepreneurial School (TES).

Entrepreneurship education flows in South-East Finland- from a regional entrepreneurship education strategy to an entrepreneurship ecosystem in South-East Finland

The objective in this project is to secure the commitment of different levels (municipal education department, education providers, school administration, teaching staff, local businesses and industries) and actors in entrepreneurship education to the implementation of the South-East Finland entrepreneurship education strategy in the Kymenlaakso and South Karelia regions.

The project develops and supports teaching and guidance arrangements and study processes of children and young people, as well as measures that strengthen an entrepreneurial mindset and motivation and that support employment through different contents and methods at different education levels. As a result of the project, the entrepreneurship education strategy has been incorporated into the activity of municipalities and education providers in the region, and teachers and guidance counsellors have been provided tools to implement the strategy.  


YVI project

LUT has been involved in the YVI project (S11561) coordinated by the University of Turku. YVI (2010-2014) is a Finnish nationwide multi-science development and research project, and it aims at developing entrepreneurship education for teacher education, both vocational and general. The project is financed by ESF and the Finnish National Board of Education. Read more here.

Other activities

LUT has been an expert group member when Finnish Ministry of Education prepared “Guidelines for Entrepreneurship Education”. See more: http://www.minedu.fi/export/sites/default/OPM/Julkaisut/2009/liitteet/opm09.pdf
  
LUT has been taking part in the processes where “Regional Strategies for Entrepreneurship Education” have been created (four different Finnish regions).

Years 2012 and 2013, LUT representatives have been invited by European Commission as Expert Group members in three expertise areas, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurial Universities and Evaluation of Entrepreneurship Education.

From the beginning of 2014 LUT has been an Expert Advisory Group member in “Entrepreneurship360” invited by OECD.

Since 2008, LUT has offered a wide variety of continuing education in entrepreneurship education to teachers in basic and upper secondary education. This has been possible with the support of the Finnish National Board of Education. The continuing education has consisted of tailored development services, the development of entrepreneurial pedagogy and the integration of entrepreneurship education into school curricula from the perspective of different subjects.

The active, innovative and interdisciplinary LUT Entrepreneurship research group has published more than hundred research articles concerning entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. Some of the publications can be found here here.  

Further information:  
Elena Ruskovaara
Director of Entrepreneurship Education
Lappeenranta University of Technology  
Innovations and Enterprising
tel. +358 40 5550 320
e-mail: elena.ruskovaara@lut.fi

Here you can find some writings our research group has made:

Our article “Teachers implementing entrepreneurship education: classroom practices” published in Education + Training, Vol. 55 No. 2. 2013 pp. 204 - 216. The journal is available at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17085092&ini=aob

EERJ European Educational Research Journal Facing the Changing Demands of Europe: integrating entrepreneurship education in Finnish teacher training curricula  (Vol. 11 No. 3, 2012)

ISBE 2011 Sheffield,  Proposing a Model of a Supporting System of Entrepreneurship Education ISBE_2011_Sheffield.pdf

YKTT 2011 Lappeenranta, Entrepreneurship Education - What is really happening in class rooms? YKTT_2011_Lappeenranta_E_E.pdf

ESU Conference 2011 Sevilla,  Entrepreneurship Education in a Classroom - What's about Entrepreneurship there? ESU_2011_Sevilla_classroom.pdf
ja Building a Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education - a Participatory Development Approach ESU_2011_Sevilla_Measurement_Tool.pdf

ICSB Conference 2011 Tukholma, Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneurship Education – Practices in Finnish Basic and Secondary Education Level ICSB_2011_Tukholma.pdf

ISBE Conference 2010 Lontoo, Entrepreneurship Education Practices – Results from the Pilot Data ISBE_2010_Lontoo.pdf

ESU Conference 2010 Tartto, Evaluation and values of entrepreneurship education in basic education ESU_2010_Tartto.pdf and Studying Teachers’ Teaching Methods and Working Approaches in Entrepreneurship Education ESU_2010_Tartto_2.pdf

Our article “Promoting entrepreneurship education: the role of the teacher?” published in Education + Training, Vol. 52 No. 2. 2010. pp. 117-127. The journal is available at  
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/0040-0912.htm

ESU Conference 2009 Benevento, Teachers realizing entrepreneurship education –  
their practices and reflections: ESU2009_Italia.pdf  

ESU Conference 2009 Benevento, Entrepreneurship education as a multilayered phenomenon
– a steering system for entrepreneurship education:
ESU2009_Italia_steering.pdf

NFF Conference 2009 Turku, Teachers as Learners Promoting Entreprenuership Education: NFF_2009.pdf

EFMD 2009 Barcelona, Project presentation: Measurement tool for Entrepreneurship Education: EFMD_project.pdf

EFMD 2009 Barcelona, Rediscovering teacher’s role in entrepreneurship education: EFMD_rediscovering.pdf

EFMD 2009 Barcelona, Creating a picture of a teacher as an entrepreneurship educator: EFMD_creating.pdf

YKTTT 2008 Mikkeli, Hankecase: Yrittäjyyskasvatuksen mittaristo: YKTTT.pdf (in Finnish)

IPNC 2008 Espoo, Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education, Finland: IBNC.pdf

NCSB 2008 Tallinn, "You get what you measure"- Challenges of entrepreneurship education in schools: NCSB.pdf