PowerPlayer is a newly developed resource that consists of a strategic classroom game, online companion and teacher training pack. The game is focussed around clothing manufacturers and aims to introduce the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship to 12 -15 years old.
Teachers from secondary schools will benefit from the innovative tools offered by the project to teach the issues around sustainable entrepreneurship and make them more appealing to secondary school students. There will be a teacher support pack which will promote a ‘blended learning experience’ by providing the tools for both classroom and computer-based learning. The game will also be combined with service learning, which is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service.
PowerPlayer is developed in the context of the European project SUSEN (Sustainable Entrepreneurship – A Game-Based Exploration for Lower Secondary Schools).
What are the Objectives of the Project?
- Development of a game-based learning tool to enhance entrepreneurship education
- Improve the level of key competences and skills of 12-15 years-old, with particular regard to their relevance for the labour market
- Enhance creativity and innovation in school education, in particular entrepreneurship education
- Improve the attainment of young people, particularly those at risk of early school leaving
- Support the assessment of transversal skills such as digital competence, learning to learn, a sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and cultural awareness.
- Encourage a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.
Who is Involved?
With about 13,000 enrolled students, the University of Koblenz-Landau is well recognised and has a strong profile in teacher education and environmental sciences. The department of economics is involved in basic as well as applied research and practice, including the area of didactics. Entrepreneurship education and education for sustainable development are established parts in the department’s curriculum for initial teacher training. The University of Koblenz-Landau is also funded by EXIST, a program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), supporting university-based start-ups and entrepreneurship research. Research on environmental/sustainability education is a long-standing interest, both in the department of economics and in the university as a whole. In addition to the department of environmental sciences, the department of economics also cooperates with schools, teacher training institutes and local companies on a regular basis.
Project leader Günther Seeber is a professor of economics and economics education who has worked on 20 national and international projects. He has been a project partner in several projects in the EU’s “Lifelong Learning” programme, such as “E3 – Educating Entrepreneurship in Europe”, “See A Game (Stimulate European Entrepreneurial Attitudes Game)”, “EXACT – European Experience and Curriculum Training”, and “Green Hero”.
CVO Antwerpen is an Adult Education Center with several campuses in and around the City of Antwerp in the Flemish region of Belgium. CVO Antwerpen is one of the largest centers for adult education certified and funded by the Flemish Government.
It organises more than 950 modular daytime and evening courses per year. These courses are clustered around:
- courses for immigrants (Dutch as a second language, ICT, other languages);
- formal vocational education and training at the level of secondary education (Second Chance to Learn, potentially leading to a diploma of secondary education in the domains of general administration, welding and multimedia graphics);
- higher professional education (accounting, architectural draftsman, ICT);
- a range of language courses (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish);
- entrepreneurial training courses, maritime training, welding, courses in application software and cooking.
CVO Antwerpen offers an increasing percentage of its courses as blended learning. The center is, was and remains a leading player in the introduction of different types of distance learning using e-learning platforms, developing interactive content (learning objects), multimedia and video recording, social software, automated evaluation, mobile learning. The center employs a team of ICT-staff and course designers to support the implementation of its distance education.
The main campuses offer an open learning center, providing facilities for intake and advisory, self-paced study, counseling, individual tutoring and study groups.
CVO Antwerpen also subcontracts for external partners (e.g. the regional employment agency, secondary schools) and is providing formal education to inmates in the Antwerp penitentiary. CVO Antwerpen has identified immigrants, prospective entrepreneurs and older learners as priority target groups for its vocational education and training.
Scholengroep 1 Antwerpen, henceforth referred to as School District 1 or Antigon, is one of the 28 Districts of GO! Education. GO! Education is publicly run education acting under the authority of the Flemish community. School District 1 comprises all levels of education with the exception of special education and is responsible for 36 institutions, both compulsory and non-compulsory education. Annually 20000+ learners enroll in a course and over 2500 staff members are striving to assure and offer the utmost quality.The schools of Antigon are primarily based in the city of Antwerp. All educational providers in this area act within a societal metropolitan context, which has rapidly changed in recent years.
Scholengroep 1 Antwerpen and CVO Antwerpen work in collaboration to offer quality education to all learners and achieve an increased qualified outflow in a rapidly changing, diverse society. The realisation of our project for Teaching and Learning (our so-called PPGO, Dutch acronym for ‘Pedagogisch Project van het GO!), enquires a policy with an international outlook. It represents an open mind, without prejudice and with consideration for everyone’s opinion. Our project for Teaching and Learning contains all of GO!’s basic principles, core values and general objectives. It is essential for students to reflect objectively and consciously about their actions and to make wise decisions. Besides education, our aim is to tutor each pupil’s entire personality. Our PPGO is the result of sound democratic management, based on insight, understanding and participation.
The University of Education Freiburg (PH Fr) specialises in teacher training for primary and secondary levels. PH Fr allows suitably qualified students to study for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees. There are various PhD programmes and a large number of (European) projects at the university, promoting a wide range of young researchers. PH Fr has around 300 staff members and approximately 5.000 students.
The Institute for Business and Economics Education is responsible for research and for the provision of courses for teachers of these fields in schools or in other educational fields. It is a smaller institute at the PH Fr because economics/business is not yet – however soon – a school subject of its own in the Federal State of Baden-Würrtemberg, for which the PH Fr mainly trains and educates teachers.
Responsible for project at the PH Fr is Bernd Remmele. He researches and teaches among others in the field of economic and civic competences, business ethics and entrepreneurship education. He has recently been responsible for Grundtvig MLP ‘BeE – Be(com)ing European’ which deals with making learning sustainable in basic education as well as for the evaluation of an entrepreneurial learning game for the chamber of crafts of Baden-Würrtemberg.
Seed is a non-profit enterprise active in the field of education, digital technologies and international development. It has been active since 2007 and its mission is providing expertise to non-profit organisations, both for local activities (including schools, social and healthcare services, etc.) and for international cooperation and development projects. Over time, the projects we made brought us to focus on web design and development, digital storytelling, distance learning, employability and entrepreneurship support.
Seed association has been involved in several European projects about entrepreneurship and education, like SEE A Game; StartUP EU; SEE (Social Enterprising Europe); ABACO; SGA4Adults. Seed association also provides training and media development services to institutions and private companies.
Pedagogical University of Cracow is the oldest pedagogical university in Poland. In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the number of students, presently exceeding 20,000 and studying in 6 faculties. Among highly qualified teaching and academic staff there are 800 academic teachers with almost 200 independent scholars. One of the main goals of the University is to create conditions for students and staff mobility as well as adjust educational curricula and teaching methods to the needs of the market with the aim to establish a uniform educational system in Europe.
Recent research fields include, among others, developing the methodology of the teaching process in didactics of entrepreneurship and environmental studies, and refer largely to the scope of the project. The research in teaching methods of entrepreneurship within various economic subjects, geography and environmental studies, has been done in Institute of Geography for many years.
The Institute of Geography is involved in several project (both international and national) associated with entrepreneurship education. Recent projects funded by the LLP programme include:
- International Project “Fit For Business: Developing Business Competencies in School (FIFOBI)”, 2009-2011,
- Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation, Multilateral Projects, “Retail Sector Competencies:
- Developing self and social competencies in vocational training for the retail sector (RESECO)”, 2011-2013,
- Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation, Multilateral Projects, “Common Ways, Common Goals” (2012-2014);
- Erasmus+ international project “Reaching Lost Generation”, 2014 – 2017.
The Institute were also involved (2010-2013) in the implementation of the national project, funded by the Ministry of Education with participation of EU funds:
- Innovative project “Step into Entrepreneurship” – development of entrepreneurial attitudes, IT and mathematical competences using open educational e-platform.
The University College London – Institute of Education (UCL – IOE) is one of the world’s foremost centres for teaching and research in the social sciences. It has a distinguished history of teaching and research across all aspects of education, and is generally regarded as one of the world’s leading schools for education and social sciences. It is currently ranked 1st in the World for Education Research (QS Education rankings 2015) and is considered by the English Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) to be an outstanding provider of initial teacher education. The work of UCL – IOE has been taken right across the world through dissemination activities and consultancies. At any one time, staff at UCL – IOE are engaged in over 250 research and consultancy projects in over 100 countries funded by research councils, charities, government departments and international agencies.