Partnerships for learning: extending knowledge and understanding of creative writing processes in the ITT year


Domaille, Kate and Edwards, John (2006) Partnerships for learning: extending knowledge and understanding of creative writing processes in the ITT year. English in Education, Volume 40, (2), 71-84.

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This article explores the idea that in order to improve the ways we teach children to write creatively it is worth exploring how we, as teachers and writers, do that ourselves. It describes some of the stages of a curriculum development project undertaken in the Portsmouth and Southampton Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) English teams begun in 2004. The project was supported by funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and was designed to foster a range of learning activities for trainee teachers in the area of teaching creative writing to pupils in schools. The project that was developed had multiple aims: subject knowledge development in trainee English teachers; pedagogic exploration amongst all teachers involved – essentially looking at how the difficult area of teaching creative writing might be better addressed. This article evaluates the aims of the project and some of the outcomes and argues for recognition of the training year as a vital area for exploring issues in teaching, beyond competence. The article draws on a variety of sources, including participant observation notes made in writing workshops, responses to a questionnaire completed by project participants and excerpts from writing collected across the project produced by teachers and pupils.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0425-0494 (print)
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Keywords: writers, partnership and itt, creative teaching and learning, self-esteem, motivation, teacher training
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 38979
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:24
Contact Email Address: kad@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/38979

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