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Corner, Claire – Improving Schools, 2012
This article is an account of a creative learning project conducted in the author's school in which she worked with a storyteller to engage a class of 14-15-year-old students in exploring other worlds, inspired by the "His Dark Materials" novels by Philip Pullman. The project was conceived as teacher-led action research in which the author…
Descriptors: Evidence, Action Research, Creative Activities, Educational Change
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Wurdinger, Scott; Enloe, Walter – Improving Schools, 2011
Surveys that focused on academic and life skill development were collected from alumni who attended Avalon Charter School in St Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small public charter school that uses project-based learning as their primary teaching method. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Student Projects, Time Management, Alumni
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Wurdinger, Scott; Rudolph, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2009
US high schools appear to measure success according to the number of students admitted into four-year institutions each year. Although this is one measure, there are some schools that focus on developing important life skills needed to become productive members of society. Online surveys were sent out to alumni, students, teachers, and parents to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Alumni, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Thomson, Pat; McGregor, Jane; Sanders, Ethel; Alexiadou, Nafsika – Improving Schools, 2009
Creative Partnerships aims to change the ways in which children learn and teachers teach, and to support whole school change. Our research examines how schools take up the "cultural offer" made by Creative Partnerships. In this article, drawing on data from snapshot visits to 40 English schools, we suggest that it has made a difference…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Improvement, Teaching Methods, Partnerships in Education
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Farquhar, Karen – Improving Schools, 2004
Many theorists espouse the need for creativity to be taught within the school environment, but few exemplars exist as to how this can be achieved. Indeed, this is not a development that can happen overnight; it requires a great deal of focused thought and revision, and classroom-based leaders who are willing to take risks and create a new vision…
Descriptors: Creativity, Holistic Approach, Educational Environment, Teaching Methods
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Hayes, Denis – Improving Schools, 2004
After issuing a flood of missives about education during its time in office, the Government is now actively encouraging the exploitation of creativity and offering schools the opportunity to be more flexible in their interpretation and teaching of the curriculum. This apparent change of heart has left school leaders and classroom practitioners…
Descriptors: Creativity, Test Results, School Law, Teaching Methods