Abstract

Cunliffe, Leslie
Great Britain
E.179 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 17:00 - 17:30, Room E1
Planning for quality in extra curricular school activities - A case study of using ICT and an interdisciplinary approach to promote creativity
This presentation reports on case study research into extra-curricular activities carried out in an eleven to eighteen year mixed comprehensive school set in a small town in the UK. The research was aimed at analyzing creative activities structured by new technologies and interdisciplinary teaching methods. The data for the research was collected against a growing background of government lead debate about the role of creativity, new technologies, and extra-curricular school activities in relationship to improving education. Although the participants and school context where the research was carried out had particular features, the results obtained from the research illuminate important general principles, giving them transfer value to other practices in alternative educational contexts. This case study reveals that the positive conditions for facilitating and engaging in extra-curricular learning and creativity, many of which emerged as the research unfolded, resulted from the school developing clear policy for the promotion, practice and support of quality provision for extra curricular creative activities. The pre-determined themes for this case study were identified as creativity, interdisciplinarity, and extra-curricular learning. The themes that emerged as the research was undertaken included leadership, community of practice, the participation theory of learning, and the way relative experts compared with novices in the way they engage with tasks in a “knowledge-rich” as opposed to a “knowledge-lean” way.
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