Entrepreneurial teacher training in Europe: an overview of European policies and developments

Dana T. Redford

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In regard to the current context of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe, the majority of countries are in a process of educational reform. Among their objectives is to strengthen entrepreneurship education in a perspective of lifelong learning across all educational levels. The challenges presented in teaching entrepreneurship require significant changes in the way teachers themselves are educated. This chapter starts with the baseline goal of improving entrepreneurship education and training as set out by the European Commission. It highlights the challenges that are faced in fostering an entrepreneurial attitude in educational institutions and, in particular the need to support teachers through training programs that pursue a long-term policy commitment that is both creative and well-conceived. Entrepreneurship education is still an up-and-coming subject in teacher education. Nevertheless, experience and good practice indicate that when this type of training is offered the concept and the innovative methods associated with entrepreneurship are quickly adapted to the educational necessities of students.
Translated title of the contributionA formação de professores em empreendedorismo na Europa: uma perspetiva das políticas europeias e desenvolvimentos
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-34
JournalJournal for educators teachers and trainers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Entrepreneurial teacher training
  • European policies
  • Public policy in entrepreneurship education
  • Secondary schools
  • VET


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