Creativity and wellbeing in education: possibilities, tensions and personal journeys

Humes, Walter (2011) Creativity and wellbeing in education: possibilities, tensions and personal journeys. Eacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), 2 (1).

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between creativity and wellbeing as educational aims, with a particular focus on whether these are mutually supportive, or exist in a state of tension. It starts with some observations on the importance attached to the two concepts in current policy discourse and the expectation that teachers and teacher educators should seek to promote them. It is argued that both should be regarded as contested terms which need to be subjected to critical interrogation. The extent to which schools as institutions are really open to creativity is questioned, and the limitations of a ‘soft’ psychological approach to wellbeing are highlighted. As part of this
argument, some reservations about the extent to which learning should be regarded as a social rather than an individual experience are expressed. The paper concludes with brief reflections on the implications for teacher
educators.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Eacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN)
Publisher: Unipress
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 07:23
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 19:01
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1371

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