Is Team Learning An Effective Approach To Enterprise Education?

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Is team learning an effective approach to enterprise education? The Department for Children, Schools and Families (UK) describes enterprise education as follows:
“Enterprise education consists of enterprise capability supported by better financial capability and economic and business understanding. Enterprise capability Enterprise capability is the ability to be innovative, to be creative, to take risks and to manage them, to have a can-do attitude and the drive to make ideas happen.”
Entrepreneurship is about learning and building self-confidence, social and teamwork skills, developing characteristics and attitudes. It is not all about business and making money which I have learnt from this module, Enterprise Education and Team Learning.
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Entrepreneurship in Education can create more entrepreneurs, both social and commercial, and can be a start to a better looking future. As they say “our children are our future”.
A team is a group of people who work as a single unit. It is an effective way to democratise, organise and increase motivation. It also promotes flatter and leaner organisational structures with less hierarchy.
Team learning is an effective approach to enterprise education as team members share decision making and management responsibilities. They show emotional support which helps reduce individual stress. Team interactions often generates creativity. The members are benefiting from combining monetary resources with their expertise. (Tillman, T. 2015)
Through team work the members will learn collaborative learning which is vital to engage in enterprise learning. Collaborative leaning is
“ a method that implies working in a group of two or more to achieve a common goal, while respecting each individuals contribution to the whole” (McInnerney and Roberts,
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By definition, the team works well together to get things done, but within this process people often take different roles, which can change depending on the task at hand. Everybody brings different skills to a team, allowing it to move dynamically towards fulfilling its job. The theorist Meredith Belin categorised team members into the following roles: Leader, Shaper (provides drive and focus), Completer/Finisher, Plant (creative innovator), Specialist (with the required skills), Co-ordinator/Facilitator and Resource Investigator. (Team Role Theory - Belbin Team Roles.
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