CFP: [International] 5th Global Conference: Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children

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Dr Rob Fisher

5th Global Conference
Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children

Friday 17th July - Sunday 19th July 2009

Call for Papers
The fifth meeting of this global research project shall explore the many
facets of creative engagement with children. Grounded in an
inter-disciplinary perspective and with reference to historical and
contemporary representations of childhood, this project will examine the
complex issues which surround the notion and practices of creative
engagement in the context of pedagogy and the curriculum, and in the face
of frequently instrumental institutional imperatives. More generally, our
work will also address the role of creativity in social interaction, with
particular reference to children's development of life skills, autonomy and
independence in an increasingly complex and demanding world.

Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on any of the
following four focus areas;

1. Creativity, Engagement and Education

    * How do various disciplines define the concept of engagement?
    * What is creativity in theory and practice? What is creative
education? Can creative engagement be taught?
    * Engaging with, engagement for?
    * What does engagement mean for teachers and for children?
    * Creative engagement in the areas of planning, resourcing,
organisation, management and assessment
    * Good practice, classroom examples, and effective strategies for
promoting creativity within and across curriculum subjects

2. Creativity, Pedagogy and Curriculum

    * Inter-disciplinary approaches to creative engagement in teaching and
    * historical and contemporary representations of childhood and
adolescence: art, film and literature
    * The future role of text, the visual media as form of critical
appraisal, developing creativity and children's engagement.
    * children and television: visual literacy
    * traditional literacy's and creativity: what are they and how do they
fit in the visualage?
    * Assessing Cziksentmihaly's work, and in particular, the notion of
'flow'; how this is understood by different disciplines
    * The role and nature multiple intelligences (re: Howard Gardner ) in
developing creativity
    * Are there more intelligences than Gardner's 7.5 - eg
spiritual/existential intelligence
    * Pedagogy, curricular and extra-curricula approaches
    * Integrative case studies and examples of team based teaching
    * Creativity in a crowded curriculum
    * Education, entertainment or edutainment?
    * Teachers, creativity and professional development
    * How to analyze and describe creative practice
    * Institutions, education and designing systems to develop children's
learning in the 21st century.

3. Critical and Cultural Thinking and Children

    * What is critical thinking? Is it the same as critical literacy?
    * What is the nature of engagement with critical thinking before school?
    * With what, who and when?
    * What is the role of the 'significant other' in developing critical
engagement at home and in school?
    * What are the conditions that foster critical thinking at home and
then in the school years?
    * The first world rise of the far right Christian education movement
and the effect on critical thinking and engagement
    * Types of critical thinking
    * cultural contexts of critical thinking

4. Engagement, Skills and Life Issues

    * humour and its links to creativity
    * Engaging in intercultural and human development education with children
    * the role of parents in developing or fostering creativity and
engagement with life and learning
    * Engaging in intercultural and human development education with children
    * The nature of school as an enabler or inhibitor of creativity or
engagement with learning as a whole
    * The idea of moral, spiritual, education
    * The role of play (in all forms) and the concept of creativity
    * Children creatively engaging each other: communication and
cooperation; problem solving; play and social issues - ethnicity,
immigration etc.
    * Creatively engaging the disabled
    * Exploring children's needs, wants, wishes, desires and hopes
    * The nature of natural learning
    * Developing antinomy and independence
    * Developing life skills, social issues and education for citizenship

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel
proposals. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th February 2009. If your paper is
accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should
be submitted by Friday 5th June 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you
do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Phil Fitzsimmons
Faculty of Education
The University of Woollongong

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface ’ series of research
projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which
are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at
this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected
papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page
chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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