Title: Innovation society – the role of the secondary school

Authors: Erika Babic, Borut Likar

Addresses: Secondary School of Economics Izola, Pietro Coppo Secondary School, Zustoviceva 6, 6310 Izola, Slovenia. ' Faculty of Management Koper, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: The present paper analyses the Slovenian praxis in encouraging innovation among the secondary school pupils. The research presents the status of enterprising and innovation fostering in Slovenia and compares it to the models well-established in some European and other countries. The aim of the research is to advise a model for raising innovation among youth. Introduction of education programmes for developing entrepreneurial drive and innovation in secondary schools would provide systematic and organised development of innovation potential of young people. An innovative youth would contribute to a raise in innovativeness and competitiveness of the economy.

Keywords: secondary education; research entrepreneurship; schools; supportive environments; Slovenia; school pupils; innovation fostering; Europe; youth; young people; education programmes; entrepreneurial development; innovation potential; innovativeness; economic competitiveness; Austria; France; Germany; Belgium; UK; United Kingdom; New Zealand; learning support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2011.041796

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2011 Vol.10 No.2, pp.176 - 194

Published online: 04 Aug 2011 *

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