April 28, 2009

Educating the next wave of entrepreneurs

Reading this World Economic Forum report titled “Educating the next wave of entrepreneurs”, I came across this quote of Mr. John Chambers, Cisco:
"We are facing a transition, and we must take this opportunity to provide today’s students and entrepreneurs with the tools and the thinking that is required for the future. Collaborative technologies can fundamentally transform both how we teach and learn. We need to harness the power of the Internet and these new technologies for creating and sharing knowledge that will prepare students with the skills to compete in the 21st century."

In the report, I also read that to accommodate different learning styles, youth entrepreneurship education should expand the pedagogical toolkit to include not only text but a liberal use of visuals as well, and especially text and visuals interlaced. Promising practices include, for example, wallcharts, posters, drawing exercises, and peer mentoring.

Here’s a 3 minute video about the report:

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