To teach entrepreneurship effectively,
the teacher must employ some of the same attributes that he or she would
attempt to instill in the students. In other words, the teacher
is to practice enterprising teaching. To be an enterprising teacher,
one teaches in a manner that demonstrates the key entrepreneurial skills
and attributes so that a teacher is in a position to lead by example
and, in varying degrees, to serve as an entrepreneurial role model and
mentor for students.
Entrepreneurship education, particularly
at the pre-college level, is formative in nature. It aims to promote
the development of characteristics, attitudes, and skills that are relevant
to entrepreneurial initiative. Therefore, even though many educators
may not have business experience, most are well skilled in procedures
to build and affect attitudes in the classroom.
Entrepreneurs are a product of many things,
the least of which is probably genetics. Entrepreneurs are a product
of their environment: home, school, social, and work. The
more encouragement these environments provide to enterprising behavior,
the greater the likelihood that a young person will develop an interest
in, and propensity for, entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship is more an approach
to doing things than it is the specific undertaking of a particular
kind of endeavor. In that regard, the skills and characteristics
of entrepreneurship can be applied as effectively to teaching as they
can to any other kind of activity. If such application is made
effectively by the teacher, this can not only help in the development
of enterprising skills and attribute in students, but it can also provide
a clears demonstration of how entrepreneurship can be applied to nonbusiness
*Adapted and used with permission.
Master Curriculum Guide: Economics and entrepreneurship
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