Guide: Assessment and recognition in formal and non-formal learning in entrepreneurship education

Created in the project EntreComp 360, coordinated by Haskoli Island, supported
by the European Union. With contributions of Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe, Haskoli Island, Bantani Education, Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative, Innogate to Europe SL, The Women’s Organisation Ltd , and Not a Bad Idea Ltd.

Editors: Hazel Israel (Bantani Education). Editorial support: Svanborg Rannveig Jónsdóttir and Ramón Martínez; Editor of the EntreComp 360 guides: Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (DARE network), Reykjavík/Brussels, 2022

Assessment, evaluation, recognition

Educational assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use, of information and evidence to represent, evaluate and report learning, in different ways, for different purposes. Assessment has been described as the bridge between teaching and learning. Assessment can help us to identify and evidence learning needs and the impact of our ideas, actions and efforts as learners, teachers and organisations. This guide is written for educators working in enterprise and entrepreneurship education and training and aims to introduce practitioners to contemporary thinking, tools and practice in assessment within enterprise and entrepreneurial education.

Assessment is essentially evaluation, i.e. the process of judging or calculating the quality, importance, amount, or value of something. What is specific about educational assessment is that it is framed in educational purposes, underpinned by educational principles, and impact is measured by the evaluation of learning evidence.

One crucial aspect of assessment in education and training is the recognition of learners’ gained competences. Or in other words – assessment and evaluation should lead to learners, and others, valuing their knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and learning progress.

This guide introduces recognition and assessment and shows how the EntreComp framework can help.

The Guide has been produced as part of the EntreComp 360 Erasmus+ project (2019-2022). It builds on companion documents that provide further guidance and information on how EntreComp, and competency frameworks generally, can support nonformal learning and youth empowerment, and how EntreComp can support assessment and or recognition in formal and non-formal learning in entrepreneurship education.

What’s inside?

  • Why are we assessing?
  • Contemporary challenges in assessment
  • Assessment in enterprise and
  • entrepreneurship education
  • What are we assessing?
  • Assessment with Entrecomp
  • Assessment Literacy – Entreassess
  • How are we assessing?
  • Examples and practices