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Teachers inspired to test YEDAC model

By Allan Nordby Ottesen, South Denmark European Office

The YEDAC didactical model filled 20 teachers with enthusiasm at a seminar in Seville. They are now ready and eager to carry out pilot tests of the YEDAC model in schools across six countries in Europe.

The YEDAC teacher training seminar in Seville was fully booked and the workshop room at Rebera Triana Hotel was packed with curious teachers. 20 teachers had set direction to beautiful and “hot pan” Seville to learn the YEDAC didactical model. A didactic model developed to promote and develop entrepreneurial education in schools across Europe.

It was a 3-day seminar taking place in June with an intensive morning to evening schedule. The teachers were introduced to the YEDAC didactical model, which is ready to be tested in schools across Europe in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and Spain. Helle Munkholm Davidsen kicked off the meeting by telling the teachers, that the didactical model was based on groundbreaking scientific collaboration between researchers in Europe. As the Project Manager of YEDAC, Helle Munkholm Davidsen, explains it:

The overall purpose for the didactic YEDAC model is to support the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial competences in pupils. The teachers have to encourage pupils to take risks and act innovatively. A lot of effort will have to be invested in turning schools into powerful learning environments supportive of entrepreneurship. It’s a challenging task for the teachers who have to teach in new ways where the pupils are active learners.”

The YEDAC model was presented to the teachers and they enthusiastically discussed fundamental conceptions – focusing on didactics, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial teaching methods and school environment. In spite of the many different cultures and backgrounds there seemed to be a lot of similarities. The teachers inspired each other by sharing best practices from their schools and they discussed how to adopt the YEDAC didactical model into their local school context. Even though it was a tired group of people on the final seminar day the teachers were highly inspired to travel home with new knowledge and to prepare the pilot tests, which will take off just after the summer holiday.

Now I feel very inspired to prepare the pilot test in my school class in Denmark. I think our potential to make a successful test is great due to our school structure and the strength of the YEDAC model”, says Anne Mette Linnet, teacher at Kirkebakkeskolen in Vejle.

The pilot tests will be carried out in all the partner countries simultaneously with the purpose of finding out how the model works in real life and if a fine tuning of the model is needed. Her teacher colleague Sava Dimitriv from Bulgaria eagerly continued explaining.

I am very impressed by the YEDAC didactical model. It has a clear structure and assures me that the information is complete. Furthermore the teaching tools are well considered. I am sure I can use this approach in my school class, and I look forward to staying in contact with the other teachers in the “YEDAC teachers room” on facebook”, says Sava.

Both teachers agreed that it was interesting to share experiences across countries. It gave perspective and inspiration to develop their teaching methods back home. And more surprisingly, the seminar taught them that the YEDAC project does not only bring an international network together. The teachers find that the YEDAC model gives the teachers a sufficient platform to work across subjects with colleagues in their school and across schools in their local community.

The main responsible for teacher training in Seville, Christa Bauer from the University of Teacher Education Styria, Austria, was also very satisfied with the seminar.

The last few days prove that it is worth the effort to bring people from different regions and countries together. By explaining your teaching methods and context to other teachers – not only in your mother tongue – it challenges you to be very clear and put things in perspective. I really think this is an additional value for the teachers and the YEDAC project,” says Christa Bauer.

The teachers left Seville with a clear mission for their respective schools and presumably a greater passion for teaching entrepreneurship in education and testing the YEDAC didactical model, when they return after their summer holiday.