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Child-initiated play and professional creativity: enabling four-year-olds' possibility thinking

Craft, Anna; McConnon, Linda and Paige-Smith, Alice (2012). Child-initiated play and professional creativity: enabling four-year-olds' possibility thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 7(1) pp. 48–61.

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Given enormous global challenges, alongside nurturing children's creativity, professional creativity has perhaps never been more vital ( [Craft, 2011a] and [Moss, 2010]). This paper considers how a small, qualitative, co-participative study in an inner city children's centre, explored practitioner perspectives and practice related to creativity understood as possibility thinking. This research builds on previous studies that have documented possibility thinking and analyses the nature of possibility thinking manifest in child-initiated immersive play triggered by practitioner-placed provocations, and pedagogical strategies which foster this.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 1871-1871
Keywords: possibility thinking; child-initiated play; provocations for creative play; practitioner development
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 31395
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 13:49
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 13:11
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