Workshop on Building Spirit of Entrepreneurship through Science Education

Background and Rationale
Entrepreneurship has emerged over the last two decades as arguably the most potent economic force the world has ever experienced. With that expansion has come a dissimilar increase in the field of entrepreneurship education. The recent growth and development in the curricula and programmes devoted to entrepreneurship and new-venture creation have been remarkable but not interdisciplinary. In the midst of this huge expansion remains the challenge of complete academic legitimacy for entrepreneurship. While it can be argued that some legitimacy has been attained in the current state of entrepreneurship education, there are critical challenges that lie ahead in the accommodation of entrepreneurship education within the entire scope and length of education, including primary education.
The expanse of impact of modern science in the society and business world and the seismic changes taking place in the education world has necessitated the urgent need to acquainting science educators/students with the social implications of science teaching. The science educators of the modern world need to understand and appreciate the dependence of a modern society on science and the changes in the social structure that have been brought about by the seepage of science and technology in day to day life. They should not only be able to appreciate and wonder at the modern marvels of science in business world but should also be able to inculcate the entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurship spirit in their day to day science teaching. This in a nut shell is what science educators can do and must do; to learn to inculcate and imbibe entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurship spirit and then help the learner to acquire the basic entrepreneurial skills and imbibe entrepreneurship spirit.

Aims of the Workshop
Traditionally, entrepreneurship education has focused on simply teaching/training individuals about the tools of entrepreneurship and not the spirit, but many initiatives are increasingly becoming more action-oriented, emphasising learning by doing and hence the need to inculcate the entrepreneurship spirit in day to day learning especially mathematics and science. This workshop will provide illumination of basic concepts, procedures, stages and essential indices for acquiring entrepreneurial skills in globalised teaching enterprise by teachers, lecturers and students alike. It also provides justification for inclusion and acquisition of entrepreneurial skills in the professional development and the essential pedagogical strategies that can be used by educators in the field of science education. This will ultimately promote employability of science education students in globalised economy. This workshop will also focus on the trends and challenges in Entrepreneurship Education for the 21st Century as well as how to sustain life by applying entrepreneurship knowledge and skills.

Objectives of the Workshop
By the end of the workshop, the participants should be able to:
i. understand entrepreneurship in science education
ii. promote entrepreneurial skills among educators and students
iii. apply the knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship for sustainable living

Target participants
Lecturers, teachers, educators, researchers and postgraduate students from universities, schools and educational institutions.

Registration Fee (Per Person)
Type I: Without Accommodation: RM250.00
Type II: Twin-sharing Accommodation: RM350.00
Type III: Single Accommodation: RM520.00

Local Order Information
Pay to: SEAMEO RECSAM
Bank: Maybank Gelugor Branch, Penang
Account Number: 557 157 000 647

Closing Date for Registration
Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment and will be on a first come basis.
Closing date for registration is 7 February 2017.

For Enquiries
Ms. Jenny Ong: +6046522761 (jenny@recsam.edu.my)
Ms. Tiana Mohamad: +6046522764/ +60164456458 (tiana@recsam.edu.my)
Dr. Nur Jahan Ahmad: +6046522766/ +60165531972 (nurjahan@recsam.edu.my)

Topics and schedule
Programme Tentative

Day 1: 15 February 2017 (Wednesday)
0830 - 0900 Registration
0900 - 1030 What is Entrepreneurship Education?
1030 - 1100 Photo & Morning Tea
1100 - 1300 Teaching Entrepreneurship to Science Students
1300 - 1430 Lunch
1430 - 1630 Acquisition of Entrepreneurial Skills
1630 - 1700 Afternoon tea

Day 2: 16 February 2017 (Thursday)
0900 - 1030 Restructuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education for Entrepreneurship
1030 - 1100 Morning tea
1100 - 1300 Imbibing Entrepreneurship Spirit in 21st Century
1300 - 1430 Lunch
1430 - 1630 Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Living
1630 - 1645 Closing & Certificate Presentation
1645 - 1700 Afternoon tea

Resource Person’s Background
Paul D’Souza is an entrepreneur based in Hong Kong with markets in Europe. He is a Chemistry Graduate and went on to do his MBA. During the course of his business he found time to do his full time BEd and MEd in Mathematics and Science and currently in the process of pursuing his PhD in education. He has vast experience of being a trainer; training in-service and pre-service teachers in management and leadership. He also takes leadership sessions for schools administrators. Currently, he is heavily involved in entrepreneurship training for undergraduates and those interested in being an entrepreneur. He is of the strong view that entrepreneurship spirit has to be evolved in a learner’s life in school through the teaching in the subjects, especially in mathematics and science. He is involved with UNESCO on various platforms and has conducted a workshop on
Entrepreneurship at a UNESCO Entrepreneurship Summit. Recently, he was involved in the signing of an MOU between a government arm of Sri Lanka and a University in India to further entrepreneurship training of undergraduates. He is an active mentor for budding entrepreneurs at a very successful entrepreneurship college in North India. He is an entrepreneurship consultant for several group of educational institutions which are trying to use entrepreneurship spirit inculcation among youth to prevent migration from villages to towns and cities.

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