Teachers' perceptions of the importance of creativity in the early years classroom
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This dissertation explores creativity and provides an overall picture of the importance of the importance of creative development within education. The Welsh Assembly Government presents the chief guidelines on the necessary requirements to be included in the early year's curriculum, in the form of The Framework for Learning for Children aged 3-7, (2008) These guidelines play a key role in the focus of teachers planning and delivery of their lessons; however causes discussion amongst professionals. Positive discussions of the study include the arguments in favour of The Foundation Phase (2008) over The National Curriculum and the ideas for creativity in developing the holistic child through creative activities. Both of which are fully explored and explained throughout the literature review. Limitations of creativity have also been recognised, most predominantly the need for teachers development to put the WAG (2008) guidelines into action to ensure beneficial practice for all children. Drawing on a mixed methods approach, consisting of questionnaires, interviews and an observation, primary research was undertaken from three primary schools across the South West of Cardiff. lt raises issues surrounding creativity in the classroom, amongst other topics. Primary research confirmed key points of the literature review, one being how creativity can develop a child holistically.
B.A. (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood Studies
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