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Children are born equipped with creative capacities: the drive to explore, to hypothesize, to make connections and to communicate. 5x5x5=creativity is discovering how this creative potential can be supported in children’s and adults’ lives, in educational settings and in their homes. This arts-based research project sees creativity as a life-wide capacity that affects all aspects of children’s development.
5x5x5=creativity originally involved five educational settings, five artists and five cultural centers (galleries, theatres, music centers) working in dynamic, multi-professional and researchful partnerships to support young children’s creativity. Although influenced by the creative educational approach of early years’ settings in Reggio Emilia in Italy, it has developed it own identity. This book shares the discoveries over seven years’ experience in over 55 schools and preschools in five local authorities. This account of the process that has proved so successful will whet the appetites of others. The book aims to inspire and transform personal and professional practice.
Visually exciting, multi-layered and rich in information, the book considers: the philosophical framework, based on valuing children as competent creative learners; the context and history of the approach; case studies and adults’ and children’s stories of transformative learning; the practical framework of the collaborative researchful practice; and integrated working in partnerships.
There is a dearth of material for artists working in educational settings and this book offers valuable information to museums, galleries, and theatres. Artists and educators also contribute chapters.
"The authors describe how artists, teachers, and cultural centers work as partners to support creativity in 3 to 5-year old children. Based in England, 5x5x5 = Creativity is an arts-based action research organization inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools. It began in 2000 with 5 artists in 5 schools and 5 cultural centers and now operates in 55 schools. An artist and a staff member from a local gallery, museum, theater, or other cultural center work with a teacher to study and document children's creative capacities. In a continuous cycle of inquiry, the teams plan experiences to support children's developing ideas and meet to reflect on children's creative behaviors, values, and relationships with each other and the environment. The artists brings new insight and ideas to the educational context. Examples of projects from the schools illustrate how the collaboration works, including the mentors' roles, project assessment, and professional development. The authors discuss what they have learned about fostering creativity in and with young children and about the transformation of teachers. This exciting project offers rich possibilities for U.S. schools."- Young Children
"This interesting book will have wide appeal to those interested in children, learning, creativity and the arts. ...In the context of managerialism and productivity agendas in education, this book presents a robust alternative [in the form of] education that recognises children’s rights as learners."- , Early Years
Acknowledgements; Preface—Mike Young; Authors; Contributors; Introduction—Penny Hay; 1) Our Philosophical Framework—Penny Hay; 2) The Wider Context—Mary Fawcett and Penny Hay; 3) Making 5x5x5=creativity Work: The Invisible Framework: a) The Role of Documentation—Andrea Sully and Ed Harker; b) Creative and Reflective Cycle—Susi Bancroft and Mary Fawcett; c) Collaboration and Partnership—Susi Bancroft and Mary Fawcett; d) The Role of the Mentor in 5x5x5=creativity—Mary Fawcett and Penny Hay; e) Evaluation and Research—Susi Bancroft and Mary Fawcett; f) Professional Development—Susi Bancroft and Mary Fawcett; 4) 5x5x5=creativity in Practice: a) Kinder Garden Nursery—Liz Elders, Deborah Aguirre Jones and Mary Fawcett; b) Twerton Infant School—Anna Ashby, Jayne Rochford Smith and Mary Fawcett; c) St Saviour’s Nursery and Infant School—Ed Harker and Mary Fawcett; d) John: A Child Study—Karen Wallis; LEARNING STORIES: a) Freshford Primary School—Tessa Richardson Jones, Catharine Naylor and Sam Mosley; b) Bishop Henderson Primary School—Annabelle Macfadyen and Sandy Shepherd; c) The Bog Square Footprints Children’s Centre—Lindsey Fuller; d) Three Ways Special School—Lesley Hunt and Helen Jury; LINES OF INQUIRY: a) Learning Dispositions—Susi Bancroft, Mary Fawcett and Penny Hay; b) Fantasy Play—Susi Bancroft; c) The Outdoors—Liz Elders and Mary Fawcett; d) Musical Intelligences—Mandy Adams and Mary Fawcett; e) Creative Digital Technologies—Liz Elders, Mary Fawcett, Lindsey Fuller and Ed Harker; 5) Perspectives on 5x5x5=creativity: a) Educators’ Perspectives—Edited by Mary Fawcett and David Allinson; b) Parents’ Perspectives—Edited by Mary Fawcett and Penny Hay; 6) Artists in 5x5x5=creativity: a) The Role of the Artist in 5x5x5=creativity—Deborah Aguirre Jones and Gill Nichol, Edited by Penny Hay and Mary Fawcett; b) AND (Artists Network Development)—Penny Hay, Catherine Lamont Robinson and Karen Wallis; c) An Artist’s Journal—Catherine Lamont-Robinson, Edited by Susi Bancroft and Mary Fawcett; 7) Cultural Centres and 5x5x5=creativity—Kate Cross and Penny Ha; 8) 5x5x5=creativity: Our Learning, Our Legacy—Penny Hay; References; Index.