Creativity is increasingly seen as central to good learning and teaching throughout the curriculum. This book examines the political and educational context behind such developments and looks at dilemmas faced by trainee teachers as they begin their teaching practice. Demonstrating what creativity is, how it evolves and how it can be nurtured in various teaching contexts, it enables trainees to develop creativity in their teaching role and in their pupils' learning. Throughout, the book links clearly to the new Professional Standards for QTS and presents exercises, subject-based case studies and teaching examples to engage and support all secondary trainees.

Your Future Development

Your future development

By the end of this chapter you should have:

  • begun to appreciate how teaching creatively, teaching for creativity and creative learning move from being discrete strategies to a unified pedagogical approach through reflection and ongoing teaching experience;
  • understood that ideas relating to creativity in teaching and learning are in a constant state of development and redefinition and that you need to contribute to this debate;
  • developed purposeful strategies, such as refinement and elaboration, that will lead towards reflective practice as the key to your development as a teacher;
  • analysed ‘reflection-in-action’, ‘reflection-on-action’, reflecting on image and substance as keys to understanding the creative process of teaching and learning;
  • learnt about some basic ways of understanding your own subjectivity;
  • developed strategies that focus on your pupils as a ...
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