Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Creative Learning Communities will empower the teaching of key competences in VET education with learners from groups at risk through the developing of new learning environments.
Creative Learning Communities will empower the teaching of key competences (ref. European Reference Framework) in VET education with learners from groups at risk.
The action will concentrate on key competence 7 – sense of initiative and entrepreneurship – and the notion of creativity within this. By creativity we intend the ability to develop new ideas (think divergently or laterally) and to resolve problems, plan and take risks (think convergently).
The short-term targets will be VET trainers who work with learners from disadvantaged contexts
and the learners themselves.
New learning environments will be developed with:
(i) Creative Learning Communities manual for VET trainers with a guide on how to facilitate the acquisition of the creativity element in key competence 7;
(ii) A toolbox for VET trainers.
The rationale behind this action is based on recent studies and recommendations connected to key competences and creativity: (i) Recognized importance of entrepreneurial training- New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now; (ii) Need to innovate and effectively teach key competence 7 focusing on competence building and not content; (iii) Importance of VET in disadvantaged contexts and the need for relevant tools; (iv) Need to stimulate creativity and develop concrete, applicable tools for this.
CLCs will result in increased acquisition of key competence 7, thus enriching personal + professional capacities of learners, plus improve the effectiveness VET systems throughout Europe and VET trainers.
Creative Learning Communities aims to:
(i) Innovate VET teaching by offering brand new creative learning systems;
(ii) Facilitate the inclusion of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in education and the labour market;
(iii) Give concrete responses to recent policy developments in VET and respond to needs highlighted in the European Years of Creativity and Innovation (2009) and Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (2010); (iv) Contribute to the development of the EQARF.
New learning environments will be developed in three phases:
(i) Research & needs analysis –of partner country + target needs;
(ii) Development & testing;
(iii) Dissemination + Exploitation with CLC training courses in order to create multipliers in the VET field.
Creative Learning Communities, will be learning environments, based on Peter Senge’s notion of “learning organizations” (http://www.infed.org/thinkers/senge.htm), and will change the situation by responding to the needs of the targets and being innovative in their shape and content. These “communities” will be spaces, where learners can learn how to think creatively to develop new ideas and put them into action (ref. key competence 7), therefore based on competence acquisition and not theoretical knowledge. The project will provide VET trainers throughout Europe with new teaching pathways to engage with learners from groups at risk so they can nurture the learning and creativity development processes and ensure it is learner centered. The competences acquired by learners will permit them to change perspective and develop new ideas and possibilities for themselves.
Access for disadvantaged
material for open learning
program or curricula
The products will be:
1. Creative Learning Communities Manual;
2. Creative Learning Communities Toolbox.
These will be available initially in english, german, polish and maltese.
They will available via the Creative Learning Communities portal and in paper format.