Creativity and early years education: a lifewide foundation

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Continuum, 2002 - Education - 195 pages
Most people accept that early years education should aim to develop children's creativity, but this raises a number of questions: What is creativity? How does it relate to such concepts as imagination, self-expression and intelligence? Why is it valuable?--and in what ways? Can creativity be taught? And, if so, how? And how can it be assessed?In this carefully-weighed, clearly written and scholarly study, Anna Craft answers these and related questions, providing in the process a comprehensive guide to creativity for all those who work with children in the early years.

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INTRODUCTION Lifewide creativity in context
The Early Years and Primary
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Anna Craft is Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, England, where she leads the CREATE research cluster. She is also Reader at The Open University, England, and Director of The Open Creativity Centre. She is founding Co-Editor "Thinking Skills and Creativity" (Elsevier) and founding Co-Convenor of the "British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Creativity in Education". She holds a Visiting appointment at Harvard University and has held visiting appointments at Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her most recent books include "Creative Learning 3-11 and how we document it" (Trentham Books, 2007), "Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas "(Routledge, 2005), " Creativity and Early Years Education "(Continuum, 2002), "Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum "(RoutledgeFalmer, 2000)." "Her empirical work, informed by constructivist and socio-cultural views of learning, seeks to impact practice, policy and theory.

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