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Creativity in the Primary Classroom

Creativity in the Primary Classroom

176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Creativity is an integral element of any primary classroom. It has been never more important for teachers to involve children in their own learning and provide a curriculum that motivates and engages. Being creative involves generating new ideas, reflecting upon and evaluating different teaching approaches, and establishing an environment that supports creativity.

Creativity in the Primary Classroom explores how to develop as a creative teacher and how to foster creativity in your classes. Drawing from key literature and detailed real-life examples, Juliet Desailly puts into practice her extensive experience planning, advising and developing creative approaches to teaching and curriculum planning.

This book examines what creativity in a primary classroom can look like, and is supported throughout by practical activities for use across curriculum subjects and reflective tasks encouraging critical engagement with key conceptual issues.

This is essential reading for students on primary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate, graduate, and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for practicing teachers wishing to enhance their own teaching.

Section One: What is Creativity?
The Key Elements of Creativity
Creativity in Education: History and Theoretical Background
Building the Skills to Work Creatively
Establishing the Ethos
What Makes a Creative Teacher?
Key Skills for the Creative Teacher
Planning for Creative Outcomes
Medium-Term Planning for Creative Outcomes
Case Studies: Creativity in Practice

'This book deepens and broadens our understandings of creativity as applied to primary education. It provides a balance of practical frameworks and approaches with wise guidance. Many schools and individual teachers will find Juliet Desailly's work invaluable as they embrace the greater pedagogical and curricular freedoms promised by government' -
Jonathan Barnes, Senior lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University

Creativity in the Primary Classroom does a commendable job in debunking some of the myths and assumptions surrounding creativity while at
the same time providing clear illustration of ways in which creativity can be meaningfully identified and developed. The text is made accessible without oversimplifying the complexity of the phenomenon. As a consequence, it will have wide appeal to a range of teachers and practitioners working in primary schools and related settings. For anyone who is serious about enhancing the creative possibilities for children in school and classroom settings it is essential reading.

Dave Trotman
Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education

Very useful book - will feed into our course programme.

Miss Julie Taylor
Centre for Professional Education, Warwick University
June 8, 2015

This book has been an essential piece of literature for a new course in Advanced Pedagogies.

Miss Marilyn Kelly
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
February 24, 2015

funding issue. Have recommended this book independently to students and will be requesting copies for library this year.

Very useful text for all subjects.

Christine Smith
Education Department, Liverpool Hope University
January 15, 2015

A really inspiring book. Useful for research and practical ideas

Julia Holden
Department of Primary Education, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
June 3, 2014

This book is proving really useful for our year 3 students as they explore ways of developing creativity and meaningful cross curricular links in the primary classroom

Mrs Pauline Palmer
Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
October 9, 2013

A good book that includes useful case studies. It is good that it explores creativity through key skills rather than specific subjects related to the arts and I would recommend this text to anyone who is interested in improving their understanding of what creativity is.

Ms Maggie Webster
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
August 15, 2013

I would recommend this book to all practitioners working in the early years who want to work more creatively and gain some insightful ideas.

AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
August 15, 2013

This book clearly communicated what creativity is actually about. The range of activities to consider in each chapter enabled learners to discuss and explore their ideas. In addition it is always helpful to have ideas for the classroom as well as examples of how particular features could work in practice supporting trainees in the development of their own practice.

Ms Yvonne Rennalls
Faculty of Education (Perry Barr), Birmingham City University
July 31, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters


Juliet Desailly

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