Outcome 1: Understand the concepts of creativity and creative learning and how these affect all aspects of young children’s learning and development. 1. Analyse the differences between creative learning and creativity.
Creativity involves being imaginative and original. Creative learning is about problem solving.
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 creative efforts. 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 emerge through a child being absorbed in their own actions and ideas. Creative learning involves innovation, control, relevance and ownership, which are also characteristics of creative teaching. Creative learning involves investigating, discovering, inventing and cooperating. Creative learning among education professionals is widely understood to be characterised by:
● questioning and challenging
● making connections and seeing relationships
● envisaging what might be
● exploring ideas and keeping options open
● reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes. (Ofsted, 2010; p.8)
We can all be creative if we are given the opportunity. The National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) gives the following definition of the four characteristics of creativity:
* thinking or behaving imaginatively
* the imaginative activity is purposeful; it is directed to achieving an objective
* these processes must generate something original