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Teaching an entrepreneurial culture

A study conducted at University of Naples Federico II stresses how important entrepreneurship education is, so long as the teaching evolves

It is important to educate the young generations on entrepreneurship. Although this assumption may seem trivial, it is critical but it is not easy to put into practice. While it may be true that some people are born businesspeople, it is also true that in many other cases, a person can learn to be a businessperson. This is especially accurate in a complex, varied system such as the one enterprises are currently operating in.

Rosaria Capobianco (University of Naples Federico II) has contributed to the subject with her paper “L’educazione all’imprenditorialità per la formazione dei talenti. Un’esperienza didattica nella Scuola Secondaria” (Entrepreneurship education to train talent. A didactic experiment in secondary schools). She investigated the different pathways to teaching entrepreneurship the European Union has put forward on several occasions, studying how these are actually applied in the schools and distinguishing an entrepreneurial spirit from entrepreneurship education.

Capobianco explains: “Entrepreneurship is a concept that largely relates to the working world while an entrepreneurial spirit applies to the world of training and personal development. Thus, the word ‘entrepreneurship’ means the combination of skills and abilities needed to create and conduct a business, and the term ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ refers to the broader sense of acting pro-actively and applying specific entrepreneurial skills when facing the numerous challenges that arise in professional and personal development projects.” The concepts of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial spirit are similar and they help and are useful to each other.  That said, the paper goes on to introduce the structure and results of a Learning Unit (UdA) experiment on entrepreneurial competence and entrepreneurship, which was carried out in a Technical Economic Institute (Administration, Finance and Marketing Course – AFM) in Caserta, where students were given the opportunity to shine light on their entrepreneurial talent. The simple experiment enabled the researchers to understand how important entrepreneurship education is for the future of the new generations and that there is a need to create a new training paradigm, which is the key point discussed in Capobianco’s paper. With a rapidly changing production and business system, it is necessary to use training methods that can evolve just as quickly, otherwise they will fail. Just as the business culture is changing much more quickly than before, entrepreneurship education must follow suit.

L’educazione all’imprenditorialità per la formazione dei talenti. Un’esperienza didattica nella Scuola Secondaria

Rosaria Capobianco

Formazione & Insegnamento X VII – 1 – 2019 Supplement

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