Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EntreLab (The Entrepreneurial Laboratory for teachers’ training. A Capability Approach for Entrepreneurship Education in Vocational education)
Reporting period: 2015-08-01 to 2017-07-31
The second period (6 months) has been devoted to the field research in Italy, in the Lombardy region. The first two months have been employed for the participant observation and the selection of the participants. After this, I delivered the Change Laboratory with 20 teachers and workshop assistant of a technical institute located in the Lombardy region. Altogether, the participants in the Change Laboratory workshops tackled the drop in students enrolments in surveying that was threatening their course. The result obtained has been a multidisciplinary project to be delivered in the technical subjects of two Grade 5 classes in surveying.
Back to Finland, I started the data analysis. The first thing has been the full transcription of the data. Secondly, I obtained a contract with Springer to publish a book in open-source that should serve as a manual for the methodology. At the same time, I have met regularly with my teachers in Italy to follow-up their work and help them develop the multidisciplinary project. I argue that the Change Laboratory workshop for teacher in-service training make teachers entrepreneurial in the process and in the product. In the product because for teachers entrepreneurship is also a matter of pedagogical renewal, and through the multidisciplinary project, they have renewed their practices (group work, project work, new evaluation practices and a new relationship between the technical teachers and the workshop assistants). In the process because through tackling a problem felt important for them (the dramatic drop in enrolments throughout the years) teachers have developed a collective sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and from a gang, they now work as a group.
The multidisciplinary project will continue the next school year, and will be disseminated through a conference in the school where the book will also be presented. Besides the book, I also have two publications related to the project that are now under review. The first is about the entrepreneurial teacher, and finds 5 dimensions of the teacher teaching for a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. The second article is about a course on entrepreneurship education that I taught at the University of Helsinki, and that was delivered according to the theory of constructive alignment.
During my project I have also cultivated my research skills. I have followed courses in academic writing, how to sell research ideas, project management for researchers.
Concerning my teaching skills I have followed courses in University Pedagogy (1 and 2) to learn how to deliver effective courses. I have taught three courses (one of which in entrepreneurship education) plus I taught lessons in academic writing/publishing internationally. Finally, to increase my grant writing skills, I took two courses in grant writing and I worked as evaluator of Erasmus Plus projects.