Teaching Entrepreneurship 2.0 in Higher Education: An Innovative Approach

By Stella Giossi, Vasileios Dagdilelis, Stavroula Koukoufiki and Demertsidis Ioannis.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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The problem of no taking entrepreneurial initiatives among university graduates addressed the present research, which concerns the impact of teaching entrepreneurship 2.0 on gaining the entrepreneurial spirit. Research aims were to describe innovation on teaching entrepreneurship by discussing the different teaching approaches of three academic years and their objective of stimulating awareness of entrepreneurial thoughts, skills and behavior among the students in the university settings. A combination of qualitative research methods, including observations and critique by the responsible teacher and an entrepreneurship consultant, acting as co-teacher and postdoctoral researcher on innovation and e-entrepreneurship, and students’ interviews were chosen. Research findings revealed a unique mix of teaching methods, including presentations of active digital entrepreneurs, qualified experts and students competing for their innovative ideas, as well as the assignment of entrepreneurial endeavors to students embraced by group discussions brought into light interesting learning outcomes. The study provides a best practice of teaching entrepreneurship for others to benchmark and seems to be capable of increasing the interest of both, teacher and learner, in entrepreneurship initiatives. Furthermore, this approach can be characterized as the first step of raising entrepreneurial awareness, while readiness to entrepreneurship can be achieved by combined activities in the long run.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship,, Web 2.0 Environment,, Innovative Teaching Approach

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.33-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 655.536KB)).

Dr Stella Giossi

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Stella Giossi, holds a degree in Economics and a degree in Pedagogy. She has a MBA, a Ph.D in Continuing Education and she is a postdoctoral researcher on innovation and e-entrepreneurship.She works as an Economist, Quality, Entrepreneurship and HRM Consultant, and as an Adult Educator. She has published several papers in Greek and International journals, books and conferences.

Prof. Vasileios Dagdilelis

Professor, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Vassilios Dagdilelis has a B.Sc. in Mathematics (4 years) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Master's Degree (D.E.A.) from the University Joseph Fourrier (Grenoble, France) in Didactique des Disciplines Scientifiques and a Ph. D. from the Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include Applications of ICT (Informations and Communication Technologies) to Education, Didactics of Informatics, Adult Education and ICT, Digital Literacy. His is author or co-author of a Monography, approximately 30 published papers and participated (with papers), in more than 120 International or National Scientific Conferences.He has also participated in several research projects and R&D programs. Among others, the years 2008-2011 participated in the R&D European Program REVIT (Revitalizing Small Remote Schools for Lifelong Distance e-Learning) as external evaluator and currently participates in the VAE Interreg Program (Varical Axes of Egnatia Street) and in two nationwide R&D programs (Training Teachers of Primary and Secondary Education for the Pedagogical Use of ICT and as Member of the Scientific Committee for the Digital Literacy in Second Chance Schools in Greece. His is actually a Professor of the Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Stavroula Koukoufiki

Ph.D Candidate, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Demertsidis Ioannis

Graduate Student, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece