1st Edition

Creativity and Democracy in Education Practices and politics of learning through the arts

By Jeff Adams, Allan Owens Copyright 2016
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    The struggle to establish more democratic education pedagogies has a long history in the politics of mainstream education. This book argues for the significance of the creative arts in the establishment of social justice in education, using examples drawn from a selection of contemporary case studies including Japanese applied drama, Palestinian teacher education and Room 13 children’s contemporary art.

    Jeff Adams and Allan Owens use their research in practice to explore creativity conceptually, historically and metaphorically within a variety of UK and international contexts, which are analysed using political and social theories of democratic and relational education. Each chapter discusses the relationship between models of democratic creativity and the cultural conditions in which they are practised, with a focus on new critical pedagogies that have developed in response to neoliberalism and marketization in education. The book is structured throughout by the theories, practices and the ideals that were once considered to be foundational for education: democratic citizenship and a just society.

    Creativity and Democracy in Education will be of key interest to postgraduate students, researchers, and academics in the field of education, especially those interested in the arts and creativity, democratic learning, teacher education, cultural and organisational studies, and political theories of education.

    Introduction  1. Theories of Creativity and Democractic Education  2. Relational and Critical Creativity  3. Creative Pedagogies: Palestine  4. Independent and Democratic Learning  5. Contemporary Creative Pedagogies: Japan  6. Creative Interventions  7. Democratic Trends in the Politics of Creativity and Innovation  Conclusion: Creative acts, democratic acts


    Jeff Adams is Professor of Education at the University of Chester, UK. His current research explores contemporary arts in education and the professional development of teachers through creative practices.

    Allan Owens is Professor in Drama Education at the University of Chester, UK, and a National Teaching Fellow. His practice and research are concerned with the professional and social applications of drama and theatre.

    Adams and Owens are both co-Directors of RECAP, the international centre for Research into Education, Creativity and the Arts through Practice.