ENTREPRENEURIAL BRICOLAGE: THREE WAYS TO APPLY IT AT SCHOOL

What does the future hold for children and young people? Those who are dedicated to analyzing the challenges of the coming years, such as the World Economic Forum, say that industry 4.0 will require a completely different attitude from the one we have today. In this context, socio-emotional skills – such as creativity, critical thinking and resilience – come into play with greater force. 

 

To teach them in the classroom, several active methodologies can make a difference. But can an entrepreneurial mindset also help develop skills like that? The answer is yes, and one of the possible ways is bricolage. 

 

What is bricolage? 

You have probably heard of bricolage in home reform or handcraft talks, right? In fact, the term originates from French and is used to define crafts that take advantage of diverse materials and appropriate improvisation. 

 

Over time, however, the word bricolage has also come to be used in other contexts, such as in the field of Philosophy, Anthropology, Literature, Education and, of course, entrepreneurship. 

 

In this universe, bricolage is used to describe the creativity and improvisation of entrepreneurs, who rearrange the available resources in order to obtain new products and services. The method has as its main challenge to make a person create opportunities using what they have at hand, creating innovative solutions dedicated to solving some problem. 

 

Although improvisation is a hallmark of bricolage, it does not mean that successful entrepreneurs are only those who know how to get by. Besides having this ability, it is important to organize in clearer and more rational processes the solution obtained through the method. 

 

A concept full of advantages 

Anyone who adopts bricolage does not expect the best conditions to start acting. Their proposal is to encourage action with the available resources. 

 

Often, what ends up occurring is the use of tools, processes and structures in contexts different from their nature or main function. In other words, the method encourages the recombination of available resources to act in the face of some market need. 

 

In practice, the concept is synonymous with creativity. After all, it encourages a more attentive and diversified look at reality, seeking to develop innovative solutions. Moreover, bricolage encourages action in the face of a context marked by shortage – which can be an extremely positive feature in the even more competitive future that awaits us. 

 

3 ways to apply bricolage at school 

Bricolage can be an opportunity for the teacher who wants to include in the school planning strategies aimed at encouraging the entrepreneurial attitude and creativity of students. See some possibilities: 

  1. Multidisciplinary project: the method can be used to encourage students to use different knowledge and create alternatives that solve school community problems more quickly and efficiently. The challenge will be to rely only on what is at hand, stimulating the creativity of the class. 
  1. Prototyping: bricolage is also useful when prototyping or applying specific knowledge. The challenge will be to model some discipline only with the elements available in the classroom. 
  1. Introduction of new subjects: the teacher still has the chance to empower the students and their experiences, creating moments of debate and exchange of experiences around the subject to be taught. 

 

These are only three possibilities of bricolage application. However, a deeper analysis of the difficulties of the class may be valid in order to find other alternatives. And if you want to keep following the path of entrepreneurial education, how about applying another method of this universe, the effectuation? To find out how, read our e-book on the subject! 

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