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Building a Creative School
A Dynamic Approach to School Development
Creativity--a buzz word in the education sector--is seen mainly as the domain of the creative arts in the curriculum. This book shows how creativity can be an approach to and an ethos for all aspects of school life and management.
Developing a school which enables children and young people to realize their creative potential is an immense challenge. There is no single formula for transforming a school into an environment that nurtures and develops the creativity of pupils. Each school has to grow creatively in its own way and in its own time.
The book explores the practical steps schools can take to enable this process. It examines organization, leadership, approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment for learning, professional development, and partnerships, and is rooted in both theory and practice. The authors draw on current research on creativity and learning and on their own extensive professional experience. Examples, case studies, and practical ideas and suggestions are threaded through the book. While providing inspiration in the examples of success they describe, the authors also offer practical guidance and share some of the pitfalls, challenges, and barriers to creativity they have encountered in their own work.
Building a Creative School is for everyone involved in school change--teachers, school leadership teams, school principals, superintendents, teacher trainers, policymakers, and anyone interested in professional development of teachers and school leaders. The book will also be of interest to those working in partnership with schools and seeking to understand the dynamics of this process.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1) Creativity and the origins of partnerships for creativity; 2) Conversations about creativity—dialogues, debates and dilemmas; 3) Creativity across the curriculum—science; 4) Creativity and social inclusion; 5) Can progress in creativity be observed? 6) Promoting, observing and assessing creativity; 7) Partnership; 8) Professional learning—a benign millennium bug; 9) Why should schools be creative? Bibliography; Glossary; Index.