Student Teachers’ Experiences of Creativity

Ref: 04/05/2024 - 3252025
Name: Kevin Gormley
Email Address: kevin.gormley@dcu.ie
Phone Number: 017009009
Institution Address: Dublin City University
Seeking a partner/s in: Northern Ireland

Creativity is frequently presented from authoritative positions to student teachers who are then required to meet particular requirements or to assess the extent to which they agree or disagree with given ideas. ‘Top-down’ approaches include how ministries of education include discourses of creativity when writing curricula and education policy, or how the aspirations of the cultural industries sector inform curricula. This proposed study presents an opportunity to access rich accounts of creative experiences and practices from student teachers in a number of subject areas. It is only possible to understand creativity – a concept central to the curriculum of students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and to ‘write creativity’ into curricula and policy documents in such a way that it will make an impact with teachers and students when current understandings are accessed. Without rich examples of the concept accessed from those student teachers soon to be working in schools, we cannot extend our knowledge of the concept or merge knowledge of commonalities between different jurisdictions or subject areas. This study can advance understandings and make suggestions/proposal for further advancing provisions for creativity in schools in line with most current thinking on creativity in the literature, but in a relevant way that begins with authentic experiences of student teachers.