The Importance of Mediation in the Development of Entrepreneurial Minds

  • Evelyn Veronica Almeida Universidad Central del Ecuador Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE
  • Guido Vinicio Duque Universidad Central del Ecuador Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

Resumen

The current unemployment of young adults in developing countries such as Ecuador is partially due to the collapse of the social security system, the increase in time of workers’ contributions to the retirement system, and the economic crisis. Assisting youth in creating their own labor market opportunities through developing entrepreneurial competencies is a possible partial remedy to the unemployement situation in the country. However, the main problem in establishing these competencies in business classes, where there is a gap between the theory of entrepreneurship and the simulation, and between the simulation and the entrepreneurial reality. To fill this gap, we are proposing a pedagogical model that merges students’ entrepreneurial traits and curiosities with guidance and experience from teachers and entrepreneurs to develop business projects, taking advantage of business opportunities to facilitate employability in the local area. This model draws upon Vygotsky’s (1978) concepts of Zone of Proximal Development and Mediation, Lantolf and Poehner´s (2011) concept of Dynamic Assessment, and Béchard and Toulouse´s (1991) Pedagogical Model in Entrepreneurship.

 

Biografía del autor

Evelyn Veronica Almeida, Universidad Central del Ecuador Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE

Docente Centro de Idiomas (Universidad Central del Ecuador)

DOcente Carrera de Linguistica Applicada al Idioma Ingles (Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE)

Guido Vinicio Duque, Universidad Central del Ecuador Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

Docente Universidad Central del Ecuador Facultad de Ciencias Economicas

Docente Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

Publicado
2017-09-11
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