5th Global Conference:Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jul 17, 2009 End Date/Time: Jul 17, 2009
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5th Global Conference Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children Friday 17th July - Sunday 19th July 2009 Call for Papers The fifth meeting of this global research project shall explore the many facets of creative engagement with children. Grounded in an inter-disciplinary perspective and with reference to historical and contemporary representations of childhood, this project will examine the complex issues which surround the notion and practices of creative engagement in the context of pedagogy and the curriculum, and in the face of frequently instrumental institutional imperatives. More generally, our work will also address the role of creativity in social interaction, with particular reference to childrens development of life skills, autonomy and independence in an increasingly complex and demanding world. Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on any of the following four focus areas; 1. Creativity, Engagement and Education * How do various disciplines define the concept of engagement? * What is creativity in theory and practice? What is creative education? Can creative engagement be taught? * Engaging with, engagement for? * What does engagement mean for teachers and for children? * Creative engagement in the areas of planning, resourcing, organisation, management and assessment * Good practice, classroom examples, and effective strategies for promoting creativity within and across curriculum subjects 2. Creativity, Pedagogy and Curriculum * Inter-disciplinary approaches to creative engagement in teaching and curricula * historical and contemporary representations of childhood and adolescence: art, film and literature * The future role of text, the visual media as form of critical appraisal, developing creativity and childrens engagement. * children and television: visual literacy * traditional literacys and creativity: what are they and how do they fit in the visualage? * Assessing Cziksentmihalys work, and in particular, the notion of flow; how this is understood by different disciplines * The role and nature multiple intelligences (re: Howard Gardner ) in developing creativity * Are there more intelligences than Gardners 7.5 - eg spiritual/existential intelligence * Pedagogy, curricular and extra-curricula approaches * Integrative case studies and examples of team based teaching * Creativity in a crowded curriculum * Education, entertainment or edutainment? * Teachers, creativity and professional development * How to analyze and describe creative practice * Institutions, education and designing systems to develop childrens learning in the 21st century. 3. Critical and Cultural Thinking and Children * What is critical thinking? Is it the same as critical literacy? * What is the nature of engagement with critical thinking before school? * With what, who and when? * What is the role of the significant other in developing critical engagement at home and in school? * What are the conditions that foster critical thinking at home and then in the school years? * The first world rise of the far right Christian education movement and the effect on critical thinking and engagement * Types of critical thinking * cultural contexts of critical thinking 4. Engagement, Skills and Life Issues * humour and its links to creativity * Engaging in intercultural and human development education with children * the role of parents in developing or fostering creativity and engagement with life and learning * Engaging in intercultural and human development education with children * The nature of school as an enabler or inhibitor of creativity or engagement with learning as a whole * The idea of moral, spiritual, education * The role of play (in all forms) and the concept of creativity * Children creatively engaging each other: communication and cooperation; problem solving; play and social issues - ethnicity, immigration etc. * Creati