‘Creative Learning’. What is it?
Although Creative Partnerships began as a programme in 2002, it was conceived in response to Ken Robinson’s report All Our Futures published in 1999. Over its first two years, Creative Partnerships began to explore the intersections between creativity, culture and education and in around 2005 the term ‘creative learning’ came to stand as a shorthand description for Creative Partnerships’ contribution to school change, curriculum development and teaching and learning practices. Whilst one phrase is never quite going to sum up an entire programme, Creative Partnerships believed that the term captured its mission, significantly because of its attention to the learner, given how the programme has always been concerned to place the voice of the young person at the heart of its activities.
This booklet continues to explore the notion of creative learning. The term is perhaps still not widely used but, like the idea of creativity itself, it is a kind of common-sense summing up of an aspiration, if not a precise scientific understanding. Whilst the essays here interrogate the idea of creative learning seriously, the authors also acknowledge a necessary looseness to the term. While it may not always lead to the formation of final answers it consistently takes teachers and learners into new, challenging and positive spaces. The arguments contained here are not prescriptive, rather they try to unpick core values, principles and ambitions to describe and better understand a broad field of activity.
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