DESCI, Developing and Evaluating Skills for Creativity and Innovation


DESCI (Developing and Evaluating Skills for Creativity and Innovation) promotes alternate training paths based on the Living Lab approach, adopting participatory design methodologies, connecting school, enterprise, research and territory.

DESCI (Developing and Evaluating Skills for Creativity and Innovation) arises from the need to address the mismatch between education and professional integration, to strengthen the links between educational systems and the world of work, relating training programmes to the cultural, social and economic development of the territory. A key issue addressed by DESCI is the teaching of innovation in its various facets and its vital connection, emphasised in many studies, to ethical, sociological and environmental aspects.

DESCI promotes alternate training paths based on the Living Lab approach, adopting participatory design methodologies, connecting school, enterprise, research and territory. The school has the potential to create a co-working space, an innovation laboratory for the local community, for which the students, also guided by company tutors and by researchers, can develop innovative products that will be socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

Basic information

Country: Greece, Italy, Spain

Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy

Programme: Erasmus+

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Target groups: college students, education authorities, industry, parents, policy makers, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, university students, vocational school students

Topic: Education, Other

Start year: 2015

End year: 2018


Contact person: Zacharoula Smyrnaiou, Email zsmyrnaiou (at)

DESCI intends to develop the following outputs:

  • A participatory model for Alternate Training;
  • Innovative modules for the Alternate Training paths at the partnering schools;
  • Toolkits for teachers, students and tutors (manuals, methodologies, guidelines and “video tutorials”), to provide support during the Alternate Training experience.

The DESCI approach to Alternate Training is presented and clarified in three different toolkits and other external resources developed by the project. These are the following:

  • A toolkit for teachers.
  • A toolkit for students.
  • A toolkit for the evaluation of the skills acquired at the enterprise/during practice.

The three toolkits are meant to serve as Manuals/Guidelines for the presentation of DESCI’s methodologies, operational tools and suggestions, aimed at supporting students, tutors and teachers, during alternate training experiences.

A “Comparative analysis of European upper secondary schools and alternating training systems” consists of:

  • A DESCI check list (which outlines the minimum requirements of DESCI’s Alternate Training).
  • A document on “Skills and competences for creativity and innovation” that focuses the skills and competences that we can define “for creativity and innovation”, based on scientific literature, previous European projects and recommendations.

The production of “video tutorials” is also envisaged as part of the DESCI project, meant to facilitate the learning and comprehension of the covered topics.

The three educational toolkits are developed by means of a participatory approach starting from the consortium partners’ experiences and competences. The partners’ diverse backgrounds make it possible for the project to take into consideration the different expertise and points of view of the organisations that are involved, in the fields of education, research, business and associations. Then, the tentative toolkits undergo an articulated process of testing, improvement and validation.


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