Building a creative ecosystem: the Young Designers on Location project.

Davies, D, Haywood, S and Howe, A (2004) 'Building a creative ecosystem: the Young Designers on Location project.' International Journal of Art and Design Education, 23 (3). pp. 278-289. ISSN 14768070

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This article reports on findings from a research project designed to explore ways in which creativity can be fostered through interactions between selected children, particular environments, materials, techniques and key adults. The Young Designers on Location (YDoL) project was funded by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), and brought together selected groups of 11 year-olds with ‘design-related professionals’ (DRPs) to work together intensively for a week in two locations (Bath Spa University College and Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire) then subsequently in participants' schools. The findings from case studies of selected individuals within the Bath location include key messages about the quality of environment and relationships in unlocking children's creativity. The study has exemplified aspects of Harrington's model of a ‘creative ecosystem’.

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This article is set within the field of enquiry of art and design education, specifically the development of creativity in primary age pupils through interaction with professional designers and artists. Its theoretical perspective is informed by the 'creative ecosystem' model proposed by Harrington (1990). It reports on findings from case studies of three 11-year-old pupils participating in the 'Young Designers on Location' project. Its original contribution to theory lies in the critical application of the creative ecosystem model to primary art and design education and identification of the significant factors in the environment and relationships with design professionals leading to enhanced understanding of pupils' own creativity. It is significant in that the national Creative Partnerships project now employs a similar methodology. Rigour is provided by systematic qualitative analysis of observation and interview transcripts within and between case studies. The article was separately refereed by two international referees.
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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education
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