What is creativity in history?

Cooper, Hilary (2018) What is creativity in history? Education 3-13, 46 (6). pp. 636-647.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2018.1483799

Abstract

The National Curriculum for History in England (DfE (Department for Education). [2013]. ‘The National Curriculum for England, History Programmes of Study: Key Stages 1 and 2’. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_-_History.pdf, 1) states that the purpose of studying history is to inspire pupils’ curiosity, to ‘ask perceptive questions’ and to learn to investigate them through ‘understanding the methods of enquiry’: ‘how evidence is used and why and how alternative interpretations of the past have been constructed’. Students must also ‘understand connections’ both between and within societies and across time and place. Perhaps not surprisingly submissions of teachers to the Cambridge Review (Alexander, R. [2010]. Children, their World, their Education: Final Report and Recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review. Oxford: Routledge) warned that, forced by constraints of the curriculum, their creativity, expertise and confidence was being undermined. This paper aims to demonstrate that creativity is integral to teaching and learning history in the National Curriculum. Each aspect of historical enquiry is exemplified in the work of academic historians, in research into creativity in children’s thinking and in children’s thinking in history. The paper concludes by identifying classroom ethos and teaching strategies which are a prerequisite for creative teaching and learning.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Education 3-13
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE)
ISSN: 1475-7575
Departments: Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Academic Departments > Institute of Education (IOE) > Initial Teacher Education (ITE) > Early Years and Primary Undergraduate Partnership QG
Pre June 2020 Academic Departments and Services > Research Centres > Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CACHET)
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 09:32
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4023

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