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ERIC Number: EJ1108322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Making and Being Made: Wise Humanising Creativity in Interdisciplinary Early Years Arts Education
Chappell, Kerry Anne; Pender, Tamsin; Swinford, Elizabeth; Ford, Katherine
International Journal of Early Years Education, v24 n3 p254-278 2016
This paper focuses on how wise humanising creativity (WHC) is manifested within early years interdisciplinary arts education. It draws on Arts Council-funded participatory research by Devon Carousel Project and University of Exeter's Graduate School of Education. It is grounded in previous AHRC-funded research, which conceptualised WHC in the face of educational creativity/performativity tensions. WHC articulates the dialogic embodied inter-relationship of creativity and identity--creators are "making and being made"; they are "becoming." The research used a qualitative methodology to create open-ended spaces of dialogue or "Living Dialogic Spaces" framed by an ecological model to situate the team's different positionings. Data collection included traditional qualitative techniques and arts-based techniques. Data analysis involved inductive/deductive conversations between existing theory and emergent themes. Analysis indicated that "making and being made," and other key WHC features were manifested. We conclude by suggesting that WHC can help develop understanding of how creative arts practice supports the breadth of young children's development, and the role of the creativity-identity dialogue within that, as well as indicating what the practice and research has to offer beyond the Early Years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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