Let’s get crafty. Using stories and crafts to creatively engage children, young people and families

Hayes, Tracy and Larmour, Caroline (2019) Let’s get crafty. Using stories and crafts to creatively engage children, young people and families. In: RGS-IBG 2019 International AGM & conference, Geographies of trouble / geographies of hope, 28th - 30th August 2019, London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This innovative session takes a practical, hands-on approach to exploring the use of stories and crafts as multi-sensory methods for engaging children, young people and families with learning and research in a range of spaces – indoors and out. There will be a mix of discussions and hands-on activities and the artefacts we create together will be gathered together to weave a storied creative record of the session. Through participating in a range of creative activities, we will consider methods that enable us to share experiences, so that we can learn from and be inspired by each other. We agree with Bingley and Milligan (2007, p.295) that “practical methodologies encourage the ‘use of imagination’ through the opportunities, space and time provided for multi-sensory engagement with experience and expression”. There is a long and nuanced history of using creative methods in Children’s Geographies (see for example: Horton and Kraftl, 2006; Woodyer, 2008; Wainwright and Marandet, 2011; Hayes and Larmour, 2015; Von Benzon, 2015; Hayes, 2016; Coen et al, 2018). By providing this practical opportunity for participants to be geographically crafty, we hope to develop and share insights, ideas and skills in a way that is “… enjoyable, creative and pleasantly challenging…” (Bingley and Milligan, op.cit., p.296). Practical multi-sensory methods reflect perspectives and experiences in a way that enable us to illuminate and problematize practices, whilst also enabling inclusivity for participants, practitioners and researchers. We will share ways of using this approach, whilst exploring the reasons underpinning this method, aiming to encourage further practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Workshop)
Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 12:52
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 22:27
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5650

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