Teaching creatively and for creativity

Project start date: September 2017

This project aims to exemplify the range of creative strategies that a teacher could employ, and the extent of the creative elements of learning in science that an imaginative child might produce.

There is a wide variety of contrasting descriptions of teaching, assessing and planning creatively as well as a huge variety of ways that children develop creativity through learning. However, there is a lack of clarity around categorising different pedagogic tools that teachers can specifically adopt and hone to be creative, e.g. how to question creatively, how to assess creatively or how to explain a new idea creatively. There is also a lack of clarity that distinctly defines learning creatively, children being creative and producing an outcome that is unique.

Through exploring creativity in different forms, at different moments and in different places in science education settings, the project intends to 'capture' key comments, views and illustrations of creativity in 'real' situations. This will include observation of teachers and reflective discussions with qualified scientists who were taught at the primary stage by teachers who used strategies to teach creatively and to encourage creativity in the learner.

Materials from this project, including video exemplars will be uploaded to this page as they become available.