Creative Little scientists: Enabling Creativity through Science and Mathematics in Preschool and First Years of Primary Education

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The Creative Little Scientists project sets out to shed light on the intersection of science and mathematics education for young children with creativity.

The objectives of the project are twofold:

•    To provide a clear picture of existing and possible practices, their implications and related opportunities and challenges for connecting science and mathematics learning with creativity in preschool and the early years of primary education (up to the age of eight);
•    To transform this knowledge into a concrete contribution towards the training of preschool staff and primary school teachers to support them in adopting creativity-based approaches to early-years science and mathematics learning. The result will be a set of curriculum design principles as concrete guidelines for European initial teacher training and continuous professional development of teachers.

The project organises workshops and training courses for teachers and will produce a compendium of teacher training materials, selected on the basis of good practices identified in the case studies.

The final outcome will be the Report on Creativity and Science and Mathematics Education for Young Children and a concrete set of Recommendations to Policy Makers and Stakeholders.

The results of the project will be disseminated through targeted communication actions addressing all stakeholders (teachers, school administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum designers, policy makers, parents).

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece, www.ea.gr

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: parents, primary school students, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers, under school-age kids

Topic: Maths, Technology, Education, Other

Start year: 2010

End year: 2014

Url: http://www.creative-little-scientists.eu

Contact person: Fani Stylianidou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, fani (at) ea.gr

The research work forms the core of the project activities; the research objectives are as follows:

To define a clear and detailed conceptual framework comprising the issues at stake and the parameters which need to be addressed in all stages of the research. To map and comparatively assess existing approaches to science and mathematics education in preschool and first years of primary school in the nine sample countries, highlighting instances of, or recording the absence of, practices connecting science and mathematics learning, teaching and assessment with creativity.
 
To provide a deeper analysis of the implications of the mapped and compared approaches which will reveal the details of current practice and provide insights into whether and how children's creativity is fostered and the emergence of appropriate learning outcomes in science and mathematics is achieved.
 
To propose a set of curriculum design principles as concrete guidelines for European initial teacher training and continuous professional development programmes, which will foster creativity-based approaches to science and mathematics learning in preschool and the first years of primary education.
 
To exploit the results of the research at European level as well as at national and institutional level, making them easily available to educational policy makers and other stakeholders, especially teacher training policy makers and institutions. This work starts with a special focus on teacher training, and will be completed through the synthesis of all research outputs and their transformation into an accessible Final Report on Creativity and Science and Mathematics Education for Young Children and a concrete set of Recommendations to Policy Makers and Stakeholders.

Teachers currently working in preschool and primary education are invited to participate in the second part of the research conducted by the Creative Little Scientists project. The teachers will provide the project researchers with data regarding their current teaching practices through classroom observations and interviews (January - April 2013).

All teachers interested in taking part in the project can fill in the online registration form on the website of the project: http://www.creative-little-scientists.eu/content/teachers

All participating teachers will receive:

•    A certificate of participation in the project
•    A report on practices and their implications, which will include a set of exemplary case studies illustrating the variety of approaches observed throughout the nine European countries participating in the project.
•    A publication containing exemplary teacher training materials, selected following good teaching practices defined through the project case studies and the project's Guidelines and teacher training curricula.

 

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