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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/chp

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Promoting Creativity within and across schools: An application of Activity Theory

Daniels H., Ph.D., Professor, Fellow of Green Templeton College, Department of Education, Oxford, Great Britain , harry.daniels@education.ox.ac.uk
Leadbetter J., tutor in Educational Psychology, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Great Britain
Soares A., lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Great Britain
MacNab N., research fellow, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Great Britain
Abstract
In this study we report some of the outcomes of a study of professional learning that took place in cross school partnerships as they worked towards promoting creativity in schools. The methodology developed by Engestrom and his colleagues at The Centre for Developmental Work Research in Helsinki was adopted. This form of intervention involves the preparation and facilitation of workshops in which the underlying structural contradictions that are in play in emergent activities are highlighted and articulated in such a way that participants may engage with what may otherwise remain hidden and unexamined tensions. This approach is based on the writings of the early 20thcentury Russian school of social scientists -Vygotsky, Luria and Leontiev. A principal claim is that the development of creativity requires tools and contexts for such innovatory forms of practice. This study suggests that this claim is a partial representation of the development of creative activity.

Keywords: development of creativity, professional learning, Vygotsky, Engestrom, Change Laboratory, cross school partnerships, cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT)

Column: Psychological practice

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