Researching Creative Learning: Methods and Issues

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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It is a common ambition in society and government to make young people more creative. These aspirations are motivated by two key concerns: to make experience at school more exciting, relevant, challenging and dynamic; and ensuring that young people are able and fit to leave education and contribute to the creative economy that will underpin growth in the twenty-first century.Transforming these common aspirations into informed practice is not easy. It can mean making many changes: turning classrooms into more exciting experiences introducing more thoughtful challenges into curriculum making teachers into different kinds of instructors finding more authentic assessment processes putting young people's voices at the heart of learning.There are programmes, projects and initiatives that have consistently attempted to offer such change and transformation. The UK programme, Creative Partnerships, is the largest of these, but there are significant initiatives in many other parts of the world today including France, Norway, Canada and the US. This book not only draws on this body of expertise but also consolidates it, making it the first methodological text exploring creativity.Creative teaching and learning is often used as a site for research and action research, and this volume is intended to act as a text book for this range of courses and initiatives. The book will be a key text for research in creative teaching and learning and is specifically directed at ITE, CPD, Masters and doctoral students.

Author Biography

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK, an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and a Visiting Professor at Deakin University, Australia. Julian Sefton-Green is an independent consultant and researcher working in education and the cultural and creative industries. He is Special Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
What are the practices of creative learning?p. 15
Capturing the 'plaid' moment: the use of practitioner research and student researchers in researching experiences with the artsp. 17
From the other side of the fence: the experience of being researched from a headteacher's point of viewp. 29
What's with the artist? Researching practice with visual arts practitionersp. 35
Supporting schools to do action research into creative learningp. 46
Towards the creative teaching of mathematics: a design research approachp. 54
Can researchers 'see' creative learning and can their research help others to 'see' it?p. 69
A conversation withp. 71
The promise of ethnography for exploring creative learningp. 78
'Now it's up to us to interpret it': youth voice and visual methods in creative learning and researchp. 88
When only the visual will dop. 104
Less elusive, more explicit: the challenge of 'seeing' creativity in actionp. 113
Snapshots and portraits: the re-presentation of case-study research findings about creative learning and changep. 126
Can creative learning be measured and evaluated?p. 143
An interview withp. 145
Quantitative research on creativityp. 153
Prom voice to choice: evaluation and action research into creativityp. 172
Research methods for Web Two dot whoahp. 185
Baselines and mosaics: the challenges of researching a flagship national programmep. 197
Indexp. 210
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