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Enterprise Learning, Project Based Learning,
Service Learning & Community Based Learning.


Enterprise Learning Students design, produce and market a product/service.

Enterprise Learning is about creativity and innovation. Creativity refers to generating new ideas, and innovation refers to the application of an idea. It involves time, effort and risk.

Students work with the wider community, business or industry to create or produce something that is tangible and real.

Enterprise Learning does not necessarily involve financial transactions, or profit/loss considerations.

Enterprising teaching and learning will require or encourage students, not simply to ‘learn enterprise’, but to use their enterprise in learning any part of the curriculum.

Generally, learning is more enterprising if it involves greater degrees of

  • student ownership
  • experiential learning
  • cooperative learning
  • reflective practice.

E Teams

'E' Teams are structured workplace experience programs for Year 11 students developed and conducted by the AQC. Teams of five students each learn and apply the tools and principles of quality and business improvement during a week’s workplace experience in a host organisation. At the end of the five days, the students prepare a report, and present their recommendations to management of the host organisation for improving a particular business process.

Australian Business Week

Australian Business Week is a vocational program, giving students a holistic view of business. However, it must be viewed in a much wider context. ABW supports all of the Key Competencies and can involve all high school faculties in a whole school experience. The benefits to students and teachers goes beyond what might be expected from a conventional, business oriented course.

The School Programs create "community coalitions" where local business people can work with teachers drawn from all faculties for the benefit of the whole cohort of students in year 11.

Project Based Learning Students design, research and present a project of their choice.

Students are engaged in a project of their choice (within constraints). They plan the project and participate in defining assessment criteria.

Students solve problems they encounter while working on the project and make a presentation to an outside audience.

Characteristics of Project Based Learning

Service Learning Students participate in course related community service.

Students participate in community service that meets both the needs of a community and the needs of a course being studied.

Students prepare for service in the chosen community, perform that service, and then reflect on the experience.

Characteristics of Service Learning


  Volunteering Australia


  Learn and Serve Australia


Community Based Learning Students learn in the community

Community Based Learning is a structured approach to learning and teaching that connects meaningful community experience with intellectual development, personal growth and active citizenship. 

One of the fundamental features of CBL is that learning takes place in the community, beyond the confines of the classroom or the school. Another is that it involves individuals other than teachers as part of the learning process. 

Reggio Emilia: The specific identity of the early childhood services managed by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia is based on a number of distinct features: the participation of the families, the collegial work of the staff, the importance given to the school environment, the presence of the atelier and the on-site kitchen, and the pedagogical-didactic coordinating team.

See also

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance

The Reggio Emilia Approach - European Network


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