Exploring Contemporary Creative Practices Within and Beyond School

This one day conference on creative practices in and beyond schools seeks to look across settings to consider current research and methodologies. Across the day we aim to find commonalities and consider contextual differences in order to engage in critical debate and develop both research and practice agendas. The conference will draw together interested colleagues from diverse settings, including homes, communities, schooling and Higher education.

The focus of discussion across the day will include insights from current research inside and outside school, as well as the range of methodologies being used to generate these.  With contributions from scholars in the field, this conference examines the ways in which diverse creative practices are facilitating creativity despite, or perhaps in response to, various policy agendas and how in homes and arts contexts creativity is also being fostered.  The implications for what and how creative practices should be fostered will be examined.

10.00  Registration and refreshments
10.15   Introduction and welcome 
10.30  CREATIONS: Dialogues in creative science-art education overview
Lindsay Hetherington, Kerry Chappell, Paul Davies and Rebecca Stewart
11.15 The Diverse Diversities of Creative Learning in Children’s Family Homes  
James Biddulph

Exploring the Possibility Thinking model: Macro- and Micro PT  
Jim Clack

11.55  Group discussions of emerging themes


13.15  Ways of being and kinds of knowing – researching (and cultivating?) creativity
Jo Trowdale  
13.35  Methodologies: a provocation
Teresa Cremin and Kerry Chappell
13.55  Group discussions of methodologies to document creative practices
14.30  Break
14.45 Collaborations for creativity: The 3rd Anna Craft Memorial Lecture
Pat Cochrane
15. 45 Completion of evaluation forms
15.50  Closing endnotes
16.05 Drinks reception
Supported by Open University


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email events@bera.ac.uk with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.

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