Creating contexts for talk: the influence of school-based creative arts projects on children's language

Safford, Kimberly and Barrs, Myra (2007). Creating contexts for talk: the influence of school-based creative arts projects on children's language. English in Education, 41(2) pp. 44–56.



The article draws on data from two research studies of children’s language and literacy development in the context of their work in school-based creative arts projects. Using observations of children (ages 3 to 11) and teachers at work, the article examines the ways in which the activities in such projects open up opportunities for children to talk with each other and with adults by generating a workshop atmosphere. Children’s authentic and wide-ranging talk in creative arts projects encompasses personal, social, imaginary and real-world themes which, the article argues, is rage in other curriculum contexts. As school are encouraged to develop ‘creative partnerships’ with artists and arts organisations, the article highlights the role of the teacher in observing and promoting these experiences as occasions for children’s language development.

See also:

Safford, K. and Barrs, M. (2005) Many routes to meaning: children’s language and literacy development in creative arts work London: CLPE/Creative Partnerships ISBN 1872267459

Safford, K. (2008) Many Routes to meaning: children's language and literacy learning in creative arts projects Section 4, Partnership Between Artists and Teachers: Structures and Processes. Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: a European and International Research Symposium Centre Pompidou, Paris: Documentation Francaise, Ministries of Education and Culture

Ellis, C. and Safford, K. (eds) (2005) Animating Literacy: inspiring children’s learning through teacher and artist partnerships London: CLPE/Creative Partnerships ISBN 1872267416

Safford, K. and O’Sullivan. O. (2007) Their learning becomes your journey: parents respond to children’s work in creative partnerships London: CLPE and Creative Partnerships

O’Sullivan, O, and Safford, K. (2008) Creative projects: getting parents involved London: Creative Partnerships and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

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