|Abstract:||Doctoral dissertation stresses the importance of entrepreneurship. In this work we focus on and limit innovative-entrepreneurial education of pupils. For the purposes of the dissertation, we introduce innovative-entrepreneurial education in primary school system in Slovenia more widely. Innovative and entrepreneurial education in some primary schools in Slovenia is based on business or UPI (CEI - creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation) club. In this thesis we studied the effects of innovative-entrepreneurial education of pupils, therefore the effects of entrepreneurial and UPI club on innovative-entrepreneurial results of pupils and on the basis of effects, we showed that the introduction of innovative-entrepreneurial education in programme in elementary education does make sense.
The aim of the thesis is to answer the basic research question, namely: »What are the effects of innovative-entrepreneurial education in Slovenia and does it make sense to implement innovative-entrepreneurial education in primary school system in Slovenia on the basis of these effects? «
From this key research question, it comes the central thesis of dissertation: »Introducing innovative-entrepreneurial education to primary school children in Slovenia does make sense, since it contributes to the development of positive, creative environment and entrepreneurial characteristics, increases creativity and knowledge of the innovation process, flexibility (adaptability to change) of pupils and also helps to spread their entrepreneurial skills«. The central thesis was analyzed with using multiple hypotheses.
The dissertation is divided into two parts, theoretical and empirical. In the theoretical part we examined the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship in second chapter. The aim of the chapter was to define concepts of entrepreneur and entrepreneurship. The fundamental contribution of this chapter is a concentrated, but comprehensive review of the extensive definition of these concepts. The third chapter deals with the theoretical foundations of creativity. We found that in the study of creativity, authors use different theoretical approaches or their combination. Therefore, we see that the rational study of creativity combines several theoretical principles, as they complement each other and take into account different aspects of creativity. In this chapter we define the factors for the promotion of creativity of pupils through teaching methods that encourage creative thinking and creativity of pupils, classroom climate, teachers, information and communication technology and motivation. Creativity can lead to innovation, which is defined in section four. In the fifth chapter we define entrepreneurial education. We have identified the possibilities of gaining entrepreneurial skills through formal and non-formal education, do review of institutions which support environment for entrepreneurial education and innovation and show examples of good practices in the field of entrepreneurial education of young people. In the sixth chapter, we focused on innovative-entrepreneurial education in the school system in Slovenia. In this section we present development stages of entrepreneurial education in Slovenia and describe in detail the development of the entrepreneurial club devoted to pupils.
According to the definition of theoretical concepts in the seventh and eighth chapter, we present the results of empirical analysis. In the empirical part of the dissertation we answer the research question and check raised central thesis.
Based on the findings, we confirm a central research thesis, because we know that innovative-entrepreneurial education contributes to the development of positive creative environment and entrepreneurial characteristics, increases creativity and knowledge of the innovation process, flexibility (adaptability to change) of pupils and also helps to spread their entrepreneurial skills and because of all these facts, the introduction of innovative-entrepreneurial education to pupils in Slovenia definitely does have |