The Delivery of Foundation Subjects in a Primary Curriculum

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Creativity in was defined by National Advisory Committee for Creativity and Culture in Education (NACCC 1999) by 4 main characteristics. The first is the use of imagination thinking or behaviour concerned with original or unusual ideas or actions. Second is using imagination to pursue a purpose relating to using imagination for purpose and having resilience to keep reinventing this. Third is originality; this is not only in reference to historic originality of anything gone before, but It can be personal originality or peer originality. Forth is judging value; explained as evaluating an imaginative activities worth in relation to a task. Wilson (2009) notes the increase of creativities stature in education and pedagogy from beyond the foundation subjects and arts during the last century. Robinson (2013) argues that modern education is still based around conformity and does not foster children’s natural inquisitiveness or creativity. My view is that education has progressed from the Victorian didactic ways of teaching, heavily influenced by the behaviourist theorist Skinner (Moore & Quintrel 2000). We are now concerned with developing the whole child as appose to simply imparting knowledge, repeating and demanding a correct response. This notion of developing the whole child, concerned with social and emotional qualities as well as academia, was central to the highly influential Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda (DfES 2004). ECM’s outcomes and aims, with respect to children’s enjoyment and achievement, highlight the importance of personal and social development. Teaching using creative methods can help develop the whole child. It can make learning experiences more exciting, more relevant, create different contexts for learning, al... ... middle of paper ... ...3) Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley. [Online] Available from: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley.html. [Accessed 4 December 2013]. Taylor, K. & Woolley, R. (2013) Values and Vision in Primary Education. Maidenhead, Open University Press. Thomson, P. & Sefton-Green, J. (2011) Researching Creative Learning : Methods and Issues. Oxon, Routledge. Waks, L. (2013). John Dewey and the Challenge of Progressive Education. International Journal of Progressive Education. [Online] 9 (1), 73-83. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com.atlas.worc.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1080/03004279.2013.819618 [Accessed 6 December 2013]. Wenger, E. (2000) Communities of Practice and Social Learning Systems. Organization Articles. 7 (2), p225-246 Wilson, A. (2009) Creativity in Primary Education. 2nd edition. Exeter, Learning Matters Ltd.

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