Title Handmade Creative Thinking
Project Number 2009-1-IT1-LEO05-00201
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
“The capture system” is an unique educational programme developed in the UK, based in an art and Creative Thinking method. Capture Arts developed this programme using the Edward De Bono "Six Thinking Hats", a thinking tool in education. Our interest was to use their Creative Thinking method in the craft field because it is an economic sector where art and creativity are essential. Capture Arts and its collaborators had previously carried out several projects under the name “Making Thinking Matter” (MTM) in which they had tested the Creative Thinking in children, engaging also the adults from their environment, like parents or practitioners. They discovered several differences from using or not this method in them and obtained innovative results on the children creativity, demonstrating that an adequate stimulation on children art creative skills can improve their interest and make them think divergently, achieving an excited behaviour before starting and staying three times longer doing these than usual.
Consequently, HCT deepen into how to use this method as a tool of developing the craft workers skills, following their needs. As the MTM has discovered, "many adults are afraid to think creatively, pressures of meeting targets, (…) fear of failure, working in a culture of blame". The added value of our proposal was transferring creativity to a specific sector of the labour market, which has had direct results on their jobs and their lives.
Summary HCT was a 2 years project that transferred an innovative educational method, "The Capture System", which uses Creative Thinking techniques with children, into the craft field and VET system through a testing phase and a final publication collecting these techniques.
The craft sector and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are economically and culturally important as they retain local, regional and national traditions whilst employing local primary materials and local labour,& making a large impact on the European economy. However they risk closure due to labour market fluctuations, the lack of skilled workers and competition from Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC).
HCT responded to these issues through the transfer of an innovative teaching tool (The Capture System) that enabled the target – Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners (16-30 yrs), apprentices and people working in the craft sector in SMEs (16-65 yrs), VET trainers (18-65 yrs) – to acquire fundamental transversal skills.
The aims of this project were:
* to enable craft SMEs to find innovative and inventive responses in order to grow;
* to provide, through the transfer of the Capture System, an adequate response in the field of VET training, to the problems faced by craft SMEs;
* to facilitate the acquisition of creative thinking and related skills in people working or training to work in the craft SME industry and equip VET trainers to do this.
Handmade Creative Thinking responded to the above aims by actively involving the target in the identification of the needs in order to exploit the results of the research working package and to adapt the Capture System to a new sector and geographical context.
Concretely the aims and objectives were reached through:
* identification of the learning needs of people working or training to work in the craft SME industry-> thanks to their active involvement in the Focus Groups research;
* publication, through the transfer of the Capture System, of a VET teaching tool applicable in the craft training sector and in different geographical contexts which responds to the needs identified-> which was tested with the target groups and improved before the definitive publication in order to answer better to their needs;
* actively involvement the target groups in the transfer process-> in the 4 cities the target groups were involved during the research and the testing phases, devoloping their Creative Thinking skills thanks to the reading of the Manual and practice of the techniques.
The consortium was composed of different actors who brought their experience to the project. CESIE had previously had experience working in EU projects and lead the management tasks, Capture Arts developed the Capture System and had great experience in the application of creative thinking with different targets, EuroMed Connect had also worked with creative thinking, EU projects – in particular dissemination- as well as with SMEs and VET systems, and Seneca had experience in providing professional and vocational training.
The outcomes were the acquisition of new and innovative skills for the direct targets who have facilitated the development of the “Do-It-Yourself Manual and Activities for Developing Creative Thinking” published in paper form & an accessible online in the Consortium national languages.
HCT hast provided a new teaching tool for the VET systems at national and European levels thus innovating VET, giving opportunities for individuals to acquire skills which strengthen the craft sector in Europe. In addition the strong dissemination strategy involved policy makers and other key actors therefore stimulating policy debate.
The Manual is currently being exploited through:
- daily use of the techniques by the partners in their activities;
- workshops, training courses and seminars in which techniques are applied (e.g, Grundtvig Workshops);
- other VET centres and SMEs that are employing the techniques inside their organisations and with apprentices/trainees;
- new projects submitted or to be submitted regarding craft, VET, innovation and creativity (e.g. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs).
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material for open learning
"A Do-It-Yourself Manual and Activities for Developing Creative Thinking" is a publication composed by a descriptive part about the transferred product and the craft VET and work sectors, and two main modules with practical exercises to learn and improve the capacity of using our Creative Thinking.
It is mainly targeted to VET trainers and studenst, craft workers and apprentices.
The product is freely available online and in printed copies in English, Italian and Maltese.
To request printed copies please contact Angela Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org