Participatory Processes and Co-Creation Methods as Paths toward Innovation: Evidence on the Application of Participatory Methods in Secondary Schools


This paper provides evidence of the possibilities of participatory processes and co-creation techniques as an effective way to approach the process of diagnose, analysis and prescription of any given challenge. We argue that the entering of innovation in the classroom by means of the adaptation of pre-existent participatory tools -according both to the intended goal and the features of the individuals involved in these processes- can be critical to provide future generations with a broader set of skills to face future challenges. This paper reviews the process and the preliminary results of a co-creation process on-going since 2017 through 4 different countries involving participants from different sectors (innovation, education, science…). The aim of the project is to test the adaptation of pre-existent visual tools of participatory methods within a specific context: the search for innovative sustainable solutions to local case studies in circular economy.The results of the pilots run so far in different schools, show evidence that the flexibility and adaptability of the tools and the methodology facilitate their use for working on several subjects of the curricula, as well as with different age ranges and levels. Working on a challenge-based approach, the students obtain a broader view of the topic and are able to provide solutions. The use of visual tools encourage the interaction and discussion between the students and improve their engagement and focus on the subject.

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Blanca Juan Agulló, EIT Climate-KIC, Belgium
José Manuel Martín Corvillo, University of Valencia, Spain
Cristian Matti, Utrecht Universtity & EIT Climate-KIC, Netherlands

Paper Information
Conference: ECE2018
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education

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