CFP: Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children 3 (Australia) (11/10/06; 2/9/07-2/11/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher

3rd Global Conference
Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children

Friday 9th February - Sunday 11th February 2007
Sydney, Australia

Call for Papers
(please cross post where appropriate)

The third 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 curricula
    * 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

These are intended as illustrative themes and proposals on related areas are encouraged. Panel proposals, workshops and joint presentations are also welcome.

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 10th November 2006. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 19th January 2007.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference are elligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in a hard copy themed volume.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.

Phil Fitzsimmons
Faculty of Education
The University of Woollongong

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, 149B Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR

The conference is co-sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net (United Kingdom), and the Gavemer Foundation (Australia). The conference aims to bring together people from different areas, disciplines, professions and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

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