How to Become an Entrepreneurial Teacher
Being Innovative, Leading Change
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Driving a shift in the way we think about entrepreneurial and teacher education, this book invites teachers to think and act as entrepreneurial innovators and lead meaningful change in everyday school contexts.
How to Become an Entrepreneurial Teacher takes teachers through theory, entrepreneurial techniques, reflective practice and learning experiences, which can be applied to schools from K-12. Adopting an entrepreneurial ethos, orientated toward action for making change happen, this book illustrates pathways to transform the everyday professional work of teachers. It introduces teachers to entrepreneurial thinking, explains the benefits of this approach to teaching practice and outlines how this way of thinking can influence and promote innovation and change across a school. The final chapters present case studies of entrepreneurial teaching in practice, sharing the experiences of both new and established teachers who have adopted this approach.
This book will inspire and empower teachers to enact change for the benefit of their students and is essential reading for teachers and school leaders at all stages of their career.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Why become an entrepreneurial teacher? Part 2: How Teachers Learn Entrepreneurial Thinking 2. Embracing risk and productive failure 3. Harnessing values and value creation 4. Transformation through reflection Part 3. How to Influence School Innovation 5. Creating ideas for innovation 6. Collaboration, engagement, and problem solving 7. Teachers as leaders 8. Leading through innovative ecosystems Part 4: Case Studies: Being Innovative, Leading Change 9. Innovation infusion 10. Perpetual innovation 11. Innovative ecosystems in motion Part 4: Making It Happen 12. Next Steps, Next Practice
James P. Davis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Kairos Community College, a highly innovative, independent special assistance school for students in grades 10-12 that promotes student and teacher autonomy.
'Having experience of developing two national curricula that offer innovation and enterprise, I know how important it is to support teachers in their new roles and educational approaches. Texts such as these can be pivotal, as they lay out the terrain, offer insights and share practical guidance. Working with children can be challenging, yet enthralling when you watch young minds evolve, and this book will definitely help to guide our educators towards learning transformation.'
Professor Emeritus Andy Penaluna, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK.
'This book encapsulates what is needed in the modern age of education – Educators that drive improvement through innovation and entrepreneurship. Davis uses his extensive knowledge and understanding in this field of study to give deliverable strategies to teachers and leaders in schools today and into the future.'
Michael Hornby. Michael is the Principal of a highly innovative secondary school in Australia, and a 2021 Queensland College of Teachers TEACHX Award recipient for Leadership in Teaching and Learning.
'In this wonderfully written book, James Davis outlines the necessary blueprint for conquering this exciting new frontier.'
Foreword by Associate Professor Colin Jones, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.