As a creative writer myself, will I become a more creative teacher?

Jones, Janice K. (2014) As a creative writer myself, will I become a more creative teacher? In: 1st International Conference on Deep Languages Education Policy and Practices (INLEPS 2014): Stimulating Languages Learning: Global Perspectives and Local Practice, 11-12 Oct 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

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A three year study points to constraining forces upon teachers' creative thinking and practices as teachers of writing. During their experience of a twelve week course final-year pre-service teachers reflected upon their struggle to find a voice as novice writers of poems, short stories and play-scripts. Data on their troubling and transformative experiences of becoming writers are juxtaposed against participants' planning and reflections on their teaching of writing in primary schools. Educators as writers expressed a need for discovery approaches, using thinking time for gestation rather than outlining and multiple redrafting of a work. However, as teachers of writing the majority engaged pupils in process methods of mapping, planning, and redrafting of creative works. The few who challenged this habitus used discovery methods, finding space for creative thinking and writing to support pupils' enthusiasm for writing. The implications for curriculum developers and educators are that to encourage learners' joy in writing that is fresh and original there is a need for flexible curricula and diverse teaching methods.

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Additional Information: © 2014 International Association for Language Education Policy Studies INLEPS. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 23:35
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2017 00:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education; creative writing; teaching writing; discovery writing; process writing; creativity; teachers as writers
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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