Enterprising Ways to Teach and Learn
3 book - second edition
"We need enterprise and entrepreneurship to set up business, to manage work, projects and organisations and to satisfy personal ambitions and cope with hardship. Securing our environment, maintaining peace and defeating poverty also requires ‘enterprise’. Above all we need enterprise to deal with change. Our students risk being overwhelmed by the increasing uncertainty of a future that rushes towards them. In order that learners are enterprising, we educators need to ‘teach’ in a more enterprising manner, so that our students can learn in an enterprising way."
These books are not just about learning enterprise. They are about good teaching practice.
Promoting both a hands-on and minds-on approach the three publications are sophisticated, realistic and ready-to-use. They provide an abundance of techniques and tools, handouts and templates, particularly for reflection, an area often receiving scant regard.
These books will help those wishing to
Foster entrepreneurship enterprising attributes, core skills and similar generic skills
Introduce the world of business and work
Promote citizenship and sustainability
Re-engage students and enrich teaching
Book One–Principles and Practice
Without constant practice students will not develop enterprise and entrepreneurship. Learning in an enterprising manner allows students to practice enterprising skills every day...especially when learning blends learner-responsibility, direct experience, cooperation and reflection.
This book explains how these areas can be better managed. For example it demonstrates how to increase learner responsibility in a balanced manner, how to immerse them in authentic experience without ‘drowning’, how to learn together without ‘pooling ignorance’ and how to reflect in a strategic manner. It also covers:
methods for facilitating projects
staff development activities
evaluation strategies and tools
Book Two–Enterprising Activities
The book contains 35 sample simulations, games, scenarios and structured exercises, relating to bargaining, budgeting, business management, ethical business, production processes, consumers online, technology and innovation. Many activities relate to citizenship and ‘the triple bottom-line’. Activities can prepare students for real-life projects or stand alone activities.
Many activities ensure that specific enterprise-style skills are ’taught’ and not left to chance, skills such as running meetings, managing time, solving problems, organising teams, generating ideas and conducting skills audits. Each activity comes with step-by step instructions: facilitator notes and student handouts.
Book Three - Enterprising Challenges
The 25 sample challenges in this book are ‘real-life’ projects, based on teachers’ ideas and designed to achieve particular learning, especially the general curriculum. Students may negotiate changes but once accepted they have responsibility and autonomy.
Challenges include: producing learning resources for the school, orchestrating a digital charity campaign, managing a junior sports team, value-adding and exporting local produce, buying online, teaching younger classes worm-farming, outsourcing an old fashioned party and investigating the school’s image.
The challenge format includes project summary, resource allocation, rules, tips, assessment requirements, teacher notes and review and reflection strategy – with handouts. Also there is a section on how to design your own projects, along with an annotated template.
“These publications are as rich in content, as they are easy to use. They support teachers to venture into areas...they may otherwise shy away from”.
Tony Eddison Professor/Director of Middlesex University Campus Mauritius
"The books are not only important because they support our national agenda with enterprise and business but also because they promote better teaching."
Stephen Cabrera, National Teaching Award for Enterprise 2006 United Kingdom
"At last publications that place ‘being enterprising’ right at the centre of school life...they are by far the most comprehensive available. I like the emphasis on social responsibility."
Don Firkins, Associate lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
“You cannot teach people business, unless you do it in an enterprising way. Teachers want material like this - smart and practical.”
Marge Roberts, Institute for Education Business Excellence
"I think Book One is perhaps the most important work on enterprise in education I’ve read...”
Michael Cross, former head, Determined to Succeed, Scottish Government