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A case study of an extra-curricular school activity designed to promote creativity

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This article reports on case study research into an extra-curricular activity carried out in a secondary school. It used new technologies and interdisciplinary teaching methods in collaboration with a creative partner to promote creativity. The research aims were informed by issues emerging from government policy in England, recent literature on creativity and the particular school context. Predetermined themes included extra-curricular learning and creativity, synaesthesia, planning, interdisciplinary work, information and communication technology, subject and pastoral perspectives and the role of creative partners working with novices. Emerging themes were the participation theory of learning, and leadership. This case study highlights the importance of distinguishing between knowledge-lean and knowledge-rich creativity in interdisciplinary work, and of achieving clarity about what precisely a creative partner explicitly models when working with novices. The final interdisciplinary outcome can be accessed at:

Keywords: case study; creativity; extra-curricular activities; interdisciplinary work

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Publication date: 2008-07-07

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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