On 23rd April Dr Sally Jones and Dr Richard Tunstall travelled to Germany to presented papers at the ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Research Conference at Leuphana University in Lüneburg.
The past decades have borne witness to a rapid increase in the offerings of entrepreneurship education across Europe. There is an explicit political agenda both at the national level and at the EU level to promote entrepreneurship education at all levels of the school system because policy makers expect that entrepreneurial skills to be the key to enhancing an innovative culture, which in turn will result in higher competitiveness and economic growth. However, in order to achieving these objectives it is important that educational systems and methods move from traditional to creative, interactive and student-centred educational models that will help change student mindset and prepare students for the challenges of the future.
Unlike more traditional academic events, the 3E Conference focuses on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions and presentations of research findings.
Sally presented ‘Behind Open Doors: How do we account for peripheral participation in online entrepreneurship education?’ (Co-written with Dr Carla Queseda-Pallares at the Enterprise Centre), Richard presented 2 papers: ‘Out of the blue: Using flashmobs as an effectual pedagogy for creating opportunities’ (Co-written with Prof Helle Neergaard, Aarhus, Denmark) and. ‘Alice in Wonderland – an Experience based approach to learning’ co-written with Prof Helle Neergaard (Aarhus, Denmark), Dr Karen Williams-Middleton (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) and Dr Sabine Müller (Burgandy School of Business Dijon, France). Richard and Sally also chaired sessions and Richard co-judged the conference best paper award with Prof Ulla Hytti (3E Turku past conference Chair).
Richard and Sally also announced that the 3E Conference will be held at Leeds on 11-13 May 2016, where they will be co-Chairs along with colleagues at the Enterprise Centre.