1.1 – Analyse the differences between creative learning and creativity. In Educational environments creative learning and creativity can have a variety of meanings. Creativity consists of traditional creative arts and the development of imagination and imaginative play, such as role play and small world play. Where in, creative learning is about helping children develop imaginative thinking through an exploration of materials/objects and problem-solving skills, such as construction and ICT. Creativity is about risk taking and making connections, allowing children to explore and express themselves through a variety of media or materials including, dance, music, making things, drawing, painting and make believe and to make new things emerge as a result. Being creative is strongly linked to play and can occur through a child being absorbed in their own actions and ideas. Children can explore their emotions and it is only partly about producing an end product and is more about children enjoying the process and learning from it. As cited on http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/SiteImages/f3/f3966925-d0a6-4de8-ac77-6c10066e762d.pdf (accessed on – 28/02/13) Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) gives the following definition of the four characteristics of creativity: 1. Thinking or behaving imaginatively
2. The imaginative activity is purposeful; it is directed to achieving an objective 3. These processes must generate something original
4. The outcome must be of value in relation to the objective. Creativity is useful for many reasons, developing confidence, developing good relationships, finding our strengths and weaknesses, developing communication, team work, concentration, developing imagination and learning to problem solve.
Creative learning is about how children are actively involved in their own learning and ability to make choices and decisions. This can be achieved through providing a creative environment allowing exploration through play and praising...