Beyond the classroom: 4 ways to learn more about entrepreneurship

Beyond the classroom: 4 ways to learn more about entrepreneurship

Research by Sebrae points out that, despite being provided for in the National Common Curricular Base, entrepreneurial education is still far from classrooms; see other ways to learn about the topic

One study performed by Sebrae and the Roberto Marinho Foundation in partnership with the CDEshowed that only 44% of teachers in Brazil try to apply entrepreneurship education in the classroom. The survey, entitled Entrepreneurial education: perceptions of educatorsheard 605 teachers in different regions of the country and was presented last Wednesday, June 1, during the Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem Meeting, in Fortaleza.

The number is surprising, if we consider that classes on entrepreneurship are provided for in the National Curricular Common Base (BNCC), a document that dictates which skills and knowledge are essential for basic education and which should be taught in schools in Brazil. But the lack of time and knowledge of teachers on the subject still prevents entrepreneurial education from being a reality in most parts of the country.

In addition, it is not the first time that a study shows that entrepreneurial education in Brazil has been performing negatively. In 2019, the annual report of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) conducted an interview with 67 experts in the field, who evaluated with a grade from 0 to 10 some statements about entrepreneurial education in basic education and in Brazilian higher education. The grade presented in the final report is the average of all 67 responses.

Check out some of the statements and their notes below, respectively:

Basic education

  • Teaching in primary and secondary schools encourages creativity, self-reliance and personal initiative. – 2.0.
  • Teaching in primary and secondary schools gives adequate attention to entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses. 1.7.

University education

  • The level of education in the fields of administration and business provides a good and adequate preparation for starting new businesses and developing new companies. 4.8.
  • Workforce training programs, vocational education and continuing education systems provide good and adequate preparation for starting new businesses and developing new businesses. 4.5.

The GEM survey is carried out in other countries as well, this generates the possibility of ranking countries based on their quality of entrepreneurial education. Among the 54 nations participating in the study, Brazil is ranked 49th in terms of basic education, and 37th in higher education.

For Sebrae, the creation of entrepreneurship projects in the classroom helps to stimulate the protagonism of students of all ages, stimulates creativity through valuable ideas and is seen, therefore, as an important part of basic education.

With that in mind, we have separated below a list of four alternative ways to access content about entrepreneurship and learn about the topic.

1. Online courses

Nowadays it is possible to find several courses on entrepreneurship on the internet and suitable for all audiences. Some of them are even free, like the ones that Sebrae makes available on its website. And of course, there are several platforms besides Sebrae that have entrepreneurial education under their belt.

2. Newsletters

Commonly free, newsletters bring important news on a given subject. Entrepreneurship themed newslettersfor example, are an interesting source of updating and learning – as in this type of material, it is possible to find articles that talk about entrepreneurship, exclusive interviews, tips and trends that help both experienced entrepreneurs and those who are just starting out.

3. Books and articles

There are several important books on entrepreneurship that can be easily found both online and in bookstores. Works such as ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ and ‘The Blue Ocean Strategy’ provide mandatory teachings for those who want to succeed in their business.

Articles that bring insights into innovation, creativity and how to succeed in entrepreneurship

can also be found on news portals and tools like Google Scholar.

4. Success cases

Another way to learn more about entrepreneurship is to study successful cases. Talks with successful entrepreneurs, podcasts, interviews and movies are some of the content formats that can teach entrepreneurs valuable lessons.

Source: Exam

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