Getting Down to Business:
Exploring Entrepreneurship with the Autonomous Learner Model
CSR Media 2003
With over 100 pages of instructional resources, Getting Down to Business is a multidisciplinary instructional unit designed for advanced middle and high school learners that provides an introduction to basic business concepts and the process of starting and operating a business. Today, millions of people are turning away from traditional employment opportunities and seeking self-employment, yet only a small percentage of such attempts ever achieve success. Perhaps one of the reasons for the high failure rate is due to the widespread lack of true understanding of general business concepts and practices. Moreover, businesses are a fundamental part of the world’s economy and everyone’s life. By better understanding how businesses are started and operated, learners will have a more complete outlook of the community in which they live.
The Autonomous Learner Model for the Gifted and Talented was created in 1978 when Dr. George T. Betts and Jolene Kercher recognized the need to serve both unique social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted and talented learners. The duo identified five areas around which curriculum can be developed for the gifted and talented, with the end goal being to create autonomous, life-long learners.