Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Student entrepreneurs solving problems to fix education

News Image

Research by the Mitchell Institute reveals how 21 schools across NSW and Victoria are ‘shifting the education paradigm’ by enhancing capabilities and promoting entrepreneurial thinking. Increased confidence, greater resilience, stronger collaboration skills and improved empathy are benefits reported by students taking part.

Mitchell researchers worked with a diverse mix of schools to explore how to tailor learning to grow individual talents and better prepare young people for future success.

Institute Director, Megan O’Connell said the initiative has uncovered some ideas that could help Australian schools step out of the industrial age and bring education in line with the needs of our modern, global society.

“We have been very excited to see students and teachers from a mix of schools in two states go on a journey together to improve learning and engagement,” O’Connell said.

“The findings from this approach are resoundingly positive – students said they gained more knowledge, developed new skills and had better relationships with teachers after participating in the initiative.”

 The year-long trial used entrepreneurial learning principles from internationally renowned education expert, Professor Yong Zhao. These were developing more personalised education experiences, engaging in product-oriented learning to benefit communities, and designing new processes and products.

The research found that students became more flexible, creative, and resourceful after participating in the initiative. They also reported better connections within classrooms, schools and communities as a result of working in networks of schools pursuing similar objectives.

Ms O’Connell said that while the findings are promising, there is still work to be done to ensure schools get the right support to deliver appropriate learning for their unique students.

“The fact that many schools are eager to try different learning approaches shows that we need change. But to be successful, educators need guidance and access to evidence that will help them apply promising methods, and our system needs to become more flexible to accommodate continuous growth and change,” she said.

The Paradigm Shifters: entrepreneurial leaning in schools research report is available online at the Mitchell Institute website.


22 Feb 2019 | International
AI beating dyslexia News Image

A new piece of AI is helping to identify people with dyslexia so something can be done, the process uses statistics and and machine learning and takes only two minutes. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | Melbourne
Scholarship for exceptional Year 12 students who face financial barriers News Image

The University of Melbourne’s new Hansen Scholarship Program to help talented, determined students achieve their ambitions, regardless of social or economic barriers is the result of a generous $30 million gift. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | Melbourne
Class Clowns National Grand Final News Image

Class clowns finally get the chance to bring their underappreciated talent to the big stage with Melbourne International Comedy Festival having scouted Australia for the funniest secondary schoolers. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | National
Aussie schools need to teach more life skills News Image

Australians are largely positive about the level of education provided to their children but feel more attention should be given to developing students’ life skills in the classroom. Read More

19 Feb 2019 | India
Breakfast and lunch for better learning News Image

Breakfasts at school have had a great effect on learning outcomes and it looks like the same goes for lunch according to an investigation of 120 million Indian students. Read More