Welcome back to the 2017/2018 academic year! We are gearing up for a year of new discussions and presentations from our PhD members from Schools across the University, and look forward to covering a wide variety of topics in childhood and youth study areas. Our first discussion of the year is on Tuesday, 26 September at 4 pm with Krystallia Kyritsi, who is submitting her thesis in Moray House School of Education this semester. She’ll be leading a discussion on her research about creativity in public schools in Scotland, drawing on her ethnographic research with 12 year olds in primary school. For those working in a school context, this is especially for you! We look forward to hearing about this unique topic and can’t wait to see you there — all interested are welcome and we hope to see some new faces!
Title: ‘Creativity within Scottish primary education: exploring children’s perspectives on creativity and barriers to its practical implementation’
Date/Time: Tuesday, 26 September, 4 pm
Location: Paterson’s Land 1.18 (map)
Abstract: Creativity has been explored through a plethora of definitions over the years. Most researchers perceive creativity as an individual trait and dominant definitions of creativity are based on psychological frameworks that mainly focus on individual creativity. However, there has recently been an increasing interest in exploring children’s collaborative creativity (Chappell, 2007; Craft et al, 2014; Davis, 2011). Despite that, there are still many unanswered questions regarding children’s perspectives on creativity and regarding how creativity can be fostered in schools through children’s individual or collaborative work. In this talk I will present children’s diverse perspectives on creativity and I will draw particular attention to how children’s differences (gender, race, age, disability) influence the way children perform and embody creativity. This presentation will also explore cultural and structural barriers to the practical implementation of creativity in schools. The talk will draw on findings of an ethnographic research (which involved participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 25 children and 2 teachers) that was conducted in one Scottish primary school classroom. This presentation will discuss findings of this study that strongly indicate that children perceive creativity not only as an individual characteristic, but also as a process that is performed through collaboration and will explore cultural and structural barriers to fostering childhood creativity in schools.
A note to Network members and friends: we are working on filling up our calendar of events for the semester that cover childhood and youth studies topics. Have an event that we should know about and publicise? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know!