DESCI is a 3-year Erasmus+ project aimed at promoting alternating training paths based on the Living Lab approach, adopting participatory design methodologies to connect School, Enterprise, Research and Territory. The School has the potential to create a co-working space, an innovation laboratory for the local community where students, guided by company tutors and by researchers, can develop innovative products and services that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.
The project started in September 2015 and will end in August 2018, involving Institutions related to the world of Research and Education from Italy, Greece and Spain; CNR-IRPPS is the coordinator.
In particular the project is focused on the development of a European methodological standard of alternating training in secondary technical and professional School system, through the development, at European level, of a kit of methodological tools for teachers, student and tutors (manuals, guidelines and “video tutorials”) to support them during the alternating training experience. The toolkits, conceived as modular, simple and user-friendly and co-produced following the Living Lab approach, will be field-tested in 9 experimental classes and improved according to the results.
The main DESCI’s aims are:
Increasing the development of adequate basic competences as necessary components for students to enter the labour market (scientific analytical skills, problem solving, creativity and technological skills);
Promoting a bottom-up creation of tools for managing alternating training;
Enhancing the capacity of teachers and schools to impact on the alternating training process;
Promoting the creation of communities of innovation encouraging the School to reach out to the territory;
Improving School-Business relationships promoting a strategic mutual interaction;
Promoting scientific training and the importance of science in daily life.
DESCI is funded under the Programme Erasmus+, Key Action K2 (Strategic Partnerships), by the National Agency INDIRE.
- Adriana Valente, Claudia Pennacchiotti, Fabrizio L. Ricci, Valentina Tudisca.
- ASSOCIAZIONE FORMASCIENZA www.formascienza.org
- ASSOKNOWLEDGE ASSOCIAZIONE www.assoknowledge.org
- I.T.T. ENRICO FERMI – Frascati www.fermifrascati.it
- NATIONAL & KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS http://en.ppp.uoa.gr/
- SCIENCE VEW www.scienceview.gr
- 1° Protypo Peiramatiko Gymnasio Athinas http://www.1gympeirath.gr/
- POLIBIENESTAR- UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA http://www.polibienestar.org/
- CENTRO DE FORMACIÓN SOMORROSTRO www.somorrostro.com
- DESCI methodology is based on the Living Lab approach, which can be defined as “an open innovation environment in real-life settings in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated within the co-creation process of new services, products and societal infrastructures”. The Living Lab approach embeds the following key dimensions:
• open innovation, by encouraging the involvement of all actors (research system, enterprises, citizens) in transparent, collaborative and often not codified processes, in which the use of ICT could take a leading role;
• real-life settings, since people cannot experience anything independent from the experience they get from being embodied in the world;
• co-creation and user-driven innovation, which implies involving the end-users as well as other innovation actors in each phase of the project (from the requirements analysis to the outcome evaluation), giving utmost consideration to the end user’s rights, needs and aspirations while designing products, services and societal infrastructures.
Some DESCI numbers:
- – 150 teachers;
- – 30 technical and vocational secondary schools;
- – 12 representatives of regional and national authorities;
- – 45 researchers and experts;
- – 15 enterprises;
- – 45 stakeholder related to secondary school and technical training related.
- Brochure DESCI
OfficinaAlternanza Scuola – Lavoro 2017
- Indire: Progetto DESCI, l’alternanza europea che connette scuola-imprese-territorio
- La buona pratica DESCI alla giornata dedicata alle novità Erasmus Plus, organizzata dalla Rappresentanza della Commissione Europea in Italia il 21/02/2018 – Scarica il programma
- DESCI è stato incluso tra le storie Erasmus Plus raccontate sul sito ufficiale del programma
- Officina Alternanza Scuola – Lavoro 2018
Three toolkits for alternating training paths (work in progress):
- ° A toolkit for teachers;
- ° A toolkit for students;
- ° A toolkit for the evaluation of the skills acquired at the enterprise/during practice;