Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit, along with its levers of awareness, experimentation, acknowledgement and self-affirmation, is an excellent pedagogical approach that has a significant impact on student development by contributing to entrepreneurial culture, student perseverance and educational success, personal satisfaction and fulfillment, and career choice. Teaching practices observed over the past 20 years have made it possible to identify 4 intervention levers, along with their specific impacts which, when combined, extend their reach.
Offering awareness-raising activities to students enables them to become familiar with entrepreneurship. Awareness contributes to the students’ entrepreneurial culture and translates into a greater tolerance for risk, openness to new things, awareness of the importance of buying locally, understanding of the complexity of the manufacture of goods, appreciation of human power in all forms of entrepreneurship, and words of encouragement to the project initiators around them.
Entrepreneurial experimentation means being at the heart of all actions and decisions. It is a process in which learning goes hand in hand with effort and fun. Entrepreneurial experimentation is a powerful tool for success. In addition to placing learning in context (what it’s for), experimentation helps to build identity (discover who I am), develop a feeling of competence (what I’m good at), provide career guidance (what I like to do) and create a sense of belonging (“my” class, school, community).
Acknowledgement activities highlight the initiatives that were carried out. Acknowledgement helps students to increase their levels of satisfaction, confidence and self-esteem by having their accomplishments recognized by others (family, peers, community). In addition to contributing to a vibrant school environment and inspiring other students to try their hand at entrepreneurship, third-party acknowledgement strengthens the relevance of the students’ efforts and enables them to become aware of their own path.
By developing collaborative reflexes, increased agility, and the ability to innovate and become involved in order to be part of the solution, Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit equips students to better handle today’s realities. For some, this will be an opportunity to discover their entrepreneurial identity (“Entrepreneurship, I’m Up for the Challenge!”), or to confirm their career aspirations based on a field of interest (“I want to run my own farming business”). Fostering these opportunities for self-affirmation helps people to recognize each other and take pride in themselves. The affirmation of entrepreneurial identity is a powerful source of both personal and institutional pride.