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Education for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation

  • Cross Curricular Themes Learning Outcomes Framework
    Introduction to the Cross Curricular Theme
    A definition and description of the purpose of learning within the cross curricular theme:
    While entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation can potentially be seen as being discrete attributes, it is perhaps more strategic to consider them as mutually reinforcing features of a more cohesive and singular aim: to ensure that the future citizens of Malta have the wherewithal to contribute to the sustainable prosperity of the nation in an increasingly competitive global economic and social contexts. The goals include the four main competence areas of personal and interpersonal skills, practical and cognitive skills.  This more strategic vision reinforces the need for an approach to Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity that permeates all aspects of the curriculum, while being clearly signposted to ensure that learners' entitlements are being met and that learning and teaching in relation to these themes can be quality assured.  

    ​The overall goals of entrepreneurship education are to give learners the attitudes, knowledge and capacity to act in an entrepreneurial way and to acquire the skills that will promote their lifelong employability in a rapidly changing commercial, economic and social environment.  This includes becoming entrepreneurial citizens in other spheres beyond industry or employability. These goals require the development of the 'soft' generic personal and interpersonal skills fundamental to becoming entrepreneurial, as well as the fostering of the more discrete entrepreneurial knowledge and understanding required to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours and to possess an entrepreneurial mindset which is both creative and innovative.

    Creativity is generally recognised as both an innate yet often under-developed quality in young people, as well as a practical skill that helps to unlock an entrepreneurial disposition.  It is a skill that can be taught and that everyone can aspire to. It involves opening up young peoples' thinking processes in ways that help them to look at familiar things with a fresh eye, to identify and frame a problem and to generate solutions whilst using their imagination, knowledge and skills to explore new possibilities rather than established approaches.

    The ability to be innovative and the confidence to look for innovative responses to opportunities or problems encountered is best nurtured in a safe, supportive environment where this type of approach is encouraged, recognised and rewarded.  Such a pedagogy requires allowing learners time to reflect on a situation and tap their resources and imagination to develop plans and solutions.  It also requires time for implementation of new processes and the application of new ideas.  Teaching and learning for innovation might even include space to 'learn from failure'.  
    Theme Learning Outcomes:
    I can work effectively on my own.
    I am resilient and can perservere.
    I understand the importance of nurturing a positive self-image, self-esteem and self confidence.
    I recognise the importance of integrity and ethical values.
    I know how to communicate my proposed strategies to others effectively.
    I am able to contribute to a team.
    I am able to take the lead.  
    I am able to solve problems imaginatively and laterally.
    I am able to think critically.
    I am able to consider different perspectives.
    I can recognise that entrepreneurship and innovation should be underpinned by ethics and values relating to social justice and sustainability.
    I can turn creative ideas into action.
    I have a basic set of research skills.
    I am able to audit my own skills and interests in order to consider future academic and vocational career choices.  
    I appreciate the importance that creativity and entrepreneurship have played in the development and progress of human society.