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Measurement Tool for Entrepreneurship Education was a four-year ESF development project 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 Kerhokeskus – koulutyön tuki ry (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.

The target group of the project consists of teachers and administrative officials in basic, upper secondary and vocational secondary education, in teacher education (both instructors and students), and in entrepreneurship education and decision-making in municipalities and government administration.

Entrepreneurship education has long been included in the national core curriculum. Nevertheless, teachers have at times had difficulties in identifying contents and means by which to respond to challenges posed by entrepreneurship education. As is frequently the case, “you get what you measure”, and that is a challenge this project aims to meet!  

At the beginning of the project, approximately thirty teachers were recruited from basic education, upper secondary and vocational secondary education. Their mission was to comment on, further develop and pilot the indicators at different stages. This helped to ensure that the final measurement tool turn out reliable and wide-ranging. In the final stages of the project, new teachers were  recruited to the group to confirm the intelligibility and transferability of the indicators.  

The outcome of the project is a measurement tool for entrepreneurship education and a related manual, which will unfold the concept of entrepreneurship education and support the implementation of the indicators. The tool explain in specific terms the teacher’s work as an entrepreneurship educator, and provide guidelines for teaching and its organisation. The indicators provide a tool for school quality management and its development. The set of tested and research-based indicators may also be employed by decision-makers as they assess the state of entrepreneurship education (grade, region, and later also international comparison).  

The set of indicators aims to steer development in the long run, manifest in understanding of entrepreneurship, and the presence of entrepreneurship education as a content and method in education. The measurement tool will serve to establish the role and importance of entrepreneurship education. This project will support the incorporation of entrepreneurship education into the contents of teacher education and the continuing education of teachers. The tool was implemented during the course of the project through teachers in the trial group. In the trial stage, the tool was applied by the trial group and their organisations. At the end of the project, the tool and manual were published for use at the national level.

At the moment Lappeenranta University of Technology is cooperating at  
The Entrepreneurial School (TES)  which is a project funded by European Community.

Further information:  
Elena Ruskovaara
Project Manager
Lappeenranta University of Technology  
Centre for Training and Development  
tel. +358 40 5550 320
e-mail: elena.ruskovaara@lut.fi