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Creativity in the Primary Curriculum




Exeter Open


Registration online is now closed. However if you would still like to attend this event please email

Sponsored by ASPE, this one day seminar is the third in the ASPE series (2014-5). Planned in collaboration with the Open University, the University of Exeter, and the BERA Creativity SIG, the seminar seeks to explore cutting-edge research which considers both teaching creatively and teaching for creativity in the primary phase both within and beyond the classroom. It draws together scholars whose research examines creativity in education from social, cultural and psychological perspectives.

Keith Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina and one of the USA’s leading scientific experts on creativity. His work focuses on creativity in collaborative group settings. Dr Chappell is a Lecturer at the University of Exeter. Her research includes interdisciplinary study of creativity in education and the contribution creativity in arts education can make to educational futures debates. Jo Trowsdale is Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick. Her interests relate to the relationship between arts, creativity, culture and education, and build upon her work as director of a Creative Partnerships programme. Vlad Petre Glaveanu is Associate Professor at Aalborg University and Research Associate in the Psychology Institute at University Paris Descartes. His work explores the connections between creativity and culture and develops a cultural psychological approach to the study of creative phenomena.

Target audience: Researchers, policy makers, teacher educators and teachers working with learners aged 5-12 years.

Provisional programme
09.45 – 10.15 Coffee and registration
10.15 – 10.30 Welcome; Teresa Cremin, The Open University & Paul Latham, ASPE
10.30 – 11.30 How to foster creativity in the primary curriculum; Keith Sawyer, University of North Carolina, USA
11.30 – 12.30 STEAM-ing STEM with creativity: possibilities and tensions of integrated arts/science practice in primary schools; Kerry Chappell, Exeter University & Jo Trowsdale, University of Warwick
12.30 – 13.15  Lunch
13.15 – 14.15 Widening our understanding of pedagogy from a creativity and culture perspective; Vlad Glaveanu, Aalborg University, Denmark
14.15 – 15.15 Exploring the creativity research agenda in small groups
15.15 – 15.45 Plenary and question time