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1st Edition

Sculpting New Creativities in Primary Education

ISBN 9780367654979
Published October 11, 2021 by Routledge
244 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book introduces the new term ‘creativities’ with cutting-edge examples of creativities research that has influenced the thinking and work of teachers and school leaders in their practice. Co-edited by one of the leading international experts in creativity and the arts, this book is packed with imaginative ideas and practical classroom suggestions underpinned by theory and research to help teachers become research-informed and research-generating.

Sculpting New Creativities in Primary Education will inspire us, invite us to think, and share ways in which research is informing and enabling a role for new and creative practices in primary education. Each chapter is collaboratively written by an academic and a practicing teacher covering areas such as: creative spaces, intercultural and interdisciplinary creativity, art, wellbeing, mathematics, STEM and leadership creativities. It importantly highlights the need to inspire, shape and unfold change-making practices that (re-)invigorate, (re-)empower, and (re-)position primary education practice.

Drawing from projects originally conducted both in the UK and beyond, this revolutionary book invites teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders to co-create ways to unlock research together as mutually informative ways of authoring change.

Table of Contents


1. Creativities of change in primary education

Pam Burnard and Michelle Loughrey

2. Using school corridors to support learning: spatial creativity driving primary education

Thomas Bellfield, Emma Dyer, Karolina Szynalska and Ben Erskine

3. Storying the journey to new spaces of intercultural creative learning

James Biddulph and Pamela Burnard

4. Animating primary schools, inside and out: enlivening learning through meaningful memory-making

Elsa Lee and Sarah Stepney

5. Posthumanist creative ecologies in primary education

Anne Harris


6. Innovating change through creativities curricula

Michelle Loughrey and Richard Gerver

7. The Creative Pedagogue: Enacting Affective Pathways for Interdisciplinary Embodied Creativity in Primary Education

Anna Hickey-Moody, Peter J. Cook and Nathan Portelli

8. Activating creativities by emphasising health and wellbeing: a Holistic Pedagogical practice from Finland

Kristóf Fenyvesi, Christopher S. Brownell, Jukka Sinnemäki and Zsolt Lavicza

9. Cultivating primary creativities in STEAM gardens

Donald Gray and Laura Colucci-Gray with Louise Robertson


10. Unlocking creative leadership in the primary school

Megan Crawford, Deborah Outhwaite and Matthew Crawford

11. Learning at a Snail’s Pace: ‘What if’ and ‘What else’ is happening in a South African primary classroom?

Karin Murris, Joanne Peers and Nadia Woodward

12. ‘What can be otherwise’ : Embodying a collective phronesis (or practical wisdom) for sculpting new creativities in primary education and beyond

Julia Flutter


Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching


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Pam Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She chairs the University of Cambridge Arts and Creativities Research Group and is co-editor-in-chief of the international journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity.

Michelle Loughrey is a successful teacher and education leader with over two decades’ experience working in education, leading schools most recently as Headteacher. As an educational consultant she provides skilled coaching and strategic support to individuals, teams, schools and trusts.