ERIC Number: ED440805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Rural Student Entrepreneurs: Linking Commerce and Community. (Benefits)[Squared]: The Exponential Results of Linking School Improvement and Community Development, Issue Number Three.
In many rural areas, both communities and schools are threatened by decreasing population and changing economic conditions. To boost both the local economy and student achievement, a growing number of rural schools are turning to entrepreneurial education. In school entrepreneurship programs, students create small businesses under the guidance of the schools and community partners. Rather than focusing narrowly on teaching specific vocational skills, entrepreneurship encourages students to identify and create business opportunities while developing the skills needed to implement them. Most entrepreneurial programs are geared to high school students, but middle school and even elementary students may also benefit. The first goal of student entrepreneurship is always learning, and, therefore, the program must be integrated into the school curriculum. Entrepreneurship is well suited to interdisciplinary approaches. Classroom instruction, particularly at the higher grade levels, will need to address specific elements of business planning and operation. Teachers function more as facilitators, structuring the environment to nurture students' self-development. Schools must be prepared to adapt their traditional modes of operation to accommodate the program's needs. Community cooperation is essential to student success, and students should play an active role in developing school-community partnerships. Successful entrepreneurship programs in Alabama, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nebraska, and North Carolina are described. (SV)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Basic Business Education, Community Development, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Entrepreneurship, Partnerships in Education, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.sedl.org/prep/benefits2/issue3/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.