2nd Global Conference
Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children
Thursday 14th July - Saturday 16th July 2005
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Papers
(please cross post where appropriate)
This second global research conference aims to explore multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives on creatively engaging with children. Looking at historical and contemporary representations of childhood, the project will assess the complex issues which surround the notion of creative engagement in the context of education, examine how creative engagement can be located in institutional pedagogy and the curriculum, explore the implications and impact of the 'philosophy for children' movement, and look at how children can develop social and life skills whilst also encouraging autonomy and independence.
Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on any of the following four focus areas;
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
Creativity, Pedagogy and Curriculum
Inter-disciplinary approaches to creative engagement in teaching and curricula
historical and contemporary representations of childhood and adolesecence: 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
Assessing Czokzentmihaly'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.
Philosophy, Critical 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
Philosophy in early years education – challenges and opportunities
Philosophy in later childhood/adolescence education
Historical approaches to Philosophy with Children
Comparative analysis of national (or regional) approaches to the teaching of philosophy with children
The relation between philosophical and religious education; the relation between philosophical and ‘social and personal development' education
Perspectives on Matthew Lipman's ‘Philosophy for Children' approach; alternatives to Lipman
Cambourne's Conditions of learning: A critical appraisal from other fields of research
Childrens' own philosophical perspectives
Issues of educational ethos in Philosophy with Children
Engagement, Skills and Life Issues
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 8th April 2005. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th June 2005.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published as 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. Please send to
Dr Jones Irwin
St Patrick's College
Faculty of Education
The University of Woollongong
Dr Rob Fisher
c/o Learning Solutions
Priory House, 149B Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
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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For further details about the conference please visit the web address provided below.
Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK
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