DG JRC IPTS in cooperation with DG Education and Culture has performed a validation workshop for the study on "Innovation and Creativity in Education and Training in the EU Member States" (ICEAC). Objective of the study was to provide a better understanding of how innovation and creativity are framed in the national and/or regional objectives (curricula) and how they are applied in educational practices at primary and secondary level.

IPTS/Seville – Creativity Validation Seminar – June 2010

DG JRC IPTS in cooperation with DG Education and Culture has performed a validation workshop for the study on
"Innovation and Creativity in Education and Training in the EU Member States" (ICEAC). Objective of the study was to
provide a better understanding of how innovation and creativity are framed in the national and/or regional objectives
(curricula) and how they are applied in educational practices at primary and secondary level. The aim of the workshop
was to validate results from this study and to discuss with experts different policy options in order to prepare for the
projects final report.

There was a sharing and discussion of results from:
A. a content/frequency analysis on the terms of creativity and innovation in the official curricula in EU27,
B. a survey with almost 10.000 teachers from Europe on their perceptions and practices of creativity and innovation,
C. 80 interviews with educational stakeholders and experts in the Member States and
D. good practices.

The project was setup under the 2009 Year of Creativity and Innovation and its aim was to contribute with scientific
evidence to European and Member States policy debates on the recently launched Europe 2020 ("Innovation Union"
flagship initiatives) and Education and Training 2020 plans.

The results/evaluation of European Good Practices was presented in:

Interviews with stakeholders and experts and good practices by:

  • Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London
  • Dr Carlo Perrotta, Futurelab, Bristol

European Good Practices of Innovative Teaching and Creative Learning:

Primary

  • Cyprus - FUNecole - using an online platform to disseminate creative teaching materials - technological
    literacy alongside other forms of creative and critical thought.
  • Greece- Can we see the sound? - A multisensory and participatory approach to “unlock the natural disposition
    that every child has towards discovery”.
  • Portugal – Historia Do Dia - digital storytelling - incorporate digital technologies into the lives of students-
    culture of shared story-telling.

Secondary

  • The Netherlands – Value in the valley – sustainable development – mixed age groups working in a business- like
    environment – involvement of experts
  • Ireland – Project Maths – everyday mathematics – “rephrase” the language of mathematics, often abstract and
    de-contextualised, in original and creative ways.
  • Scotland – Queensferry cross-curricular project – scientific, cultural, political and mathematical data applied to
    international, national and local problems - critiquing, evaluating and debating - multi-media approach.

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