Creative teaching and creative teachers

Cremin, Teresa (2015). Creative teaching and creative teachers. In: Wilson, Anthony ed. Creativity in Primary Education (3rd ed). Achieving QTS. London: SAGE, pp. 33–44.



What are the key features of creative teachers’ pedagogical practice and just how do teachers teach creatively and teach for creativity, thus fostering children’s creative learning in the 21st century? This chapter seeks to respond to these questions putting forward a three-dimensional model in which creative practice is seen as a product of the dynamic interplay between the teacher’s personal qualities, the pedagogy they adopt and the ethos developed in the primary class and school. A number of key features of creative practice are highlighted including: curiosity, making connections, autonomy and ownership as well as originality. The research underpinning these is explored and the difference between good teaching and creative teaching is examined in the light of the new NC.

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