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Young Children's Creative Thinking

Young Children's Creative Thinking

April 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The importance of promoting young children's creative thinking, and the social relationships which support it, is now seen as a vital element of good early childhood practice. The authors push forward our understanding of what young children's creative thinking is, and how it promotes young children's well-being. By drawing on research evidence, they examine key issues from the perspectives of the child, the parents or careers and early childhood practitioners, and make links between theory and practice.

The book is divided into three key parts:

  • Creative thinking, social relationships and early childhood practice
  • Exploring perspectives in early childhood research
  • Experiences of young children, parents and practitioners

Chapters integrate practice, research and conceptual understanding to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students on any Early Childhood course.

Hiroko Fumoto and Sue Robson
David J. Hargreaves
What Do We Mean by Creativity and Creative Thinking?
Sue Robson
Creative Thinking in Early Childhood
Hiroko Fumoto and Sue Greenfield
Social Relationships in Early Childhood
Sue Robson
Children's Voices: Young Children as Participants in Research
Sue Greenfield
Involving Parents in Research
Hiroko Fumoto
Researchers and Practitioners Collaborating on Research
Sue Robson
Children's Experiences of Creative Thinking
Sue Greenfield
Parents' Experiences of Supporting Children's Creative Thinking
Hiroko Fumoto
Practitioners' Experience of Promoting Children's Creative Thinking
Hiroko Fumotom, Sue Robson, Sue Greenfield and David J. Hargreaves
Conclusions: Towards Understanding Young Children's Creative Thinking

''Young Children's Creative Thinking' cleverly and creatively brings together an interplay of theory, research and practice to provide a fresh, yet penetrating perspective on young children's creative thinking in the context of their relationships with others. An essential read for all those who truly value young children's development!'
- Dr Glenda Walsh, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Stranmillis University College, Queen's University Belfast

'This book is a must for all those adults who engage daily with young children. The book encourages adults to consider their role in furthering children's creativity by developing connections between children's thinking and their social relationships. Considering current conceptualisations of creativity and the questions raised through the literature encourage all adults to work towards the promotion of children's creative thinking'
-Anne Robertson, Primary PGCE Programme Leader, Institute of Education

'This is a brilliant book that really helps us to think about and analyse what it is that we mean by 'creative thinking', and that helps us to identify it when we see it'
- Early Years Educator

'There is coverage of themes in the context of the latest policy and researh...encourages readers and students to critically engage'
-Nursery World

As a practitioner I gained a greater understanding of children’s creative thinking and how to provide opportunities for creative thinking.

Jeanette Clarkin-Phillips
University of Waikato, New Zealand

A pertinent text for those developing practice in a changing sector. Explores the concept of creativity and how connections, interactions and practitioners influence and affect this. A inspiring and influential text for practitioners, students and researchers.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
September 12, 2016

Very useful for our Early Years and Primary PGCE students, to support my lectures on children's learning and teaching, including creativity and problem-solving related to independent learning. Sound book theoretically and very practrically focused on the early years classroom context.

Dr David Whitebread
Psychology , Cambridge University
October 11, 2012

A really interesting book that explored many areas that my students will find pertinent. The layout and structure is the usual Sage standard. I did think that the title doesn't really reflect the content - I will need to sell it to the students in terms of the content!

Mr Mark Wilkins
Care and Early Years, Weston College
May 4, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Hiroko Fumoto

Sue Robson

Sue Robson is Honorary Research Fellow in the Early Childhood Research Centre at the University of Roehampton. She has researched and written extensively in the field of self-regulation. Her other research and teaching interests include young children’s creative thinking, young children’s well-being, and professional development for early childhood practitioners. Sue is a National Teaching Fellow and a Trustee of the Froebel Trust. More About Author

Sue Greenfield

David J. Hargreaves

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