Creativities in Education


The Creativities in Education SIG was formed in 2001 by Bob Jeffrey and Anna Craft. It is now convened by Teresa Cremin (Open University) and Pamela Burnard (University of Cambridge).  We offer a loose umbrella for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in a wide variety of settings, to work together and exchange perspectives on a variety of themes pertinent to creativity in education. The SIG has organised a number of seminars and symposia both at BERA and in a variety of university sites since its inception. These include an ESRC-funded series of six seminars. Themes which have been of particular interest to members in recent years have included a concern to better understand core terms such as creative teaching, teaching for creativity and creative learning creativity. The SIG welcomes colleagues undertaking both conceptual and empirical exploration of a wide range of topics. Research interests within the SIG are reflected in past symposia and seminars and future plans for further events, as well as individual participants’ publications. They include:

  • Creativity and the curriculum
  • Creativity and pedagogy
  • Creativity and policy
  • Creativity and partnership
  • Creativity and professional development
  • Creativity and methodological issues
  • Creativity and cross-disciplinary dialogues
  • Conceptualising creativity
  • Creativity and new technologies
  • Creativity and teacher training
  • Creativity and environments
  • Creativity and assessment



We welcome colleagues from any disciplinary area, working in any phase of education and we are particularly keen to forge strong and catalytic relationships between research, policy and practice through our events.

Latest SIG Content

Writing a World-leading (four star) Publication

8 June 2017 | Blog

The idea that research could be described as ‘4*’ came from the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). 4* research is “world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.” In REF 2014 30% of research outputs across all... [...]

Metaphorically speaking…

20 June 2016 | Blog

I’m currently reviewing some guidance as to how to make lecturing notes/teaching materials as accessible as possible. It is, of course, important to be as accessible to all as possible, but I am troubled by something that I have come across... [...]


30 July 2016 | Event

The Creativity in Education SIG are pleased to announce their support for the BIBAC 2016 2nd International Conference on ‘Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures’ to be held 30 July -­ 1st August 2016, Cambridge, UK.
Building on... [...]

Rhetoric in Vocationalism

14 September 2015 | Blog

The BERA SIG: Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning has held a number of runs of events in the last year or two and I’ve enjoyed being able to make a small number of the London ones. The most recent on the 17th July 2015... [...]

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