7th Global Conference: Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children (July 2011: Oxford, UK)

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

7th Global Conference
Creative Engagements - Thinking with Children

Monday 4th July 2011 โ€“ Wednesday 6th July 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
The seventh 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 five focus areas;

1. Creativity and Divergent Thinking
* What are the origins of these forces and forms of thinking?
* What is the relationship between creativity and divergent thinking?
* How are these developed and nurtured?
* How do various disciplines understand these forms of thought?
* What are the similarities/differences in understanding between the related research disciplines?
* How can these be fostered in a world dominated by measurement, outcomes and benchmarks?

2. 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

3. 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 literacies and creativity: what are they and how do they fit in the visual age?
* 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 โ€“ 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 analyse and describe creative practice
* Institutions, education and designing systems to develop children's learning in the 21st century.

4. 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

5. 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 โ€“ 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 also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th January 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 27th May 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: CE7 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). 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.

Organising Chairs
Phil Fitzsimmons
Faculty of Education
The University of Wollongong
Email: philfitz@uow.edu.au

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: ce7@inter-disciplinary.net

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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