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  • 1. CREANETThe Network on Creativityin pre-school educationwww.creativityinpreschool.euTwitter hashtag #Creaconf2
  • 2. The CREANETnetwork aims at developing a european forum fordiscussion research and exchange of best practices on creativity in preschool education from a multidisciplinary and cross- institutional perspective. TWO SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF INVESTIGATION: ▪ CREATIVITY AND CONTEXTS (SPACES/MATERIALS/RELATIONS) ▪ CREATIVITY AND EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGES (AESTHETIC MEANS OF EXPRESSION)
  • 3. THE NETWORK→ 12 PARTNERS (10 countries)→ 40 ASSOCIATED PARTNERS
  • 4. PROJECT LENGTH
  • 5. PROJECT PARTNERS• MUNICIPALITY OF SCANDIANO, REGGIO EMILIA – ITALY (LEAD APPLICANT)• SERN (MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR) ITALY• UNIVERSITY OF MODENA AND REGGIO EMILIA – DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND EDUCATION - ITALY• LANDRATSAMT ENZKREIS - GERMANY• UNIVERSITY OF JYVASKYLA - INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH – JYVASKYLA - FINLAND• MUNICIPALITY OF NORRKOPING – SWEDEN• UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LILLEBELT - ODENSE – DENMARK• INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE BEJA – BEJA - PORTUGAL• KLAIPEDA UNIVERSITY - FACULTY OF PEDAGOGY – KLAIPEDA - LITHUANIA• LIEPAJA UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF PEADGOGY – LIEPAJA - LATVIA• MURCIA UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF EDUCATIONAL
  • 6. AIMS OF THE NETWORK1. TO CREATE A EUROPEN FORUM FOR DISCUSSION AMONGST PRACTITIONERS AND ACADEMICS2. TO IDENTIFY COMPARE AND EXCHANGE METHODOLOGIES APPROACHES AND EXPERIENCES THAT PROMOTE CREATIVITY3. TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE EDUCATIONAL OFFER AND IMPROVE THE COMPETENCES/SKILLS OF THE TEACHING STAFF4. TO USE CREATIVITY AS A MEANS TO BOOST THE EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES BELONGING TO MINORITIES AND/OR DISADVANTAGED GROUPS5. TO STRENGTHEN THE EUROPEAN
  • 7. NETWORKING STRATEGY1. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AIMED AT DEVELOPING A EUROPEAN APPROACH TO CREATIVITY IN PRESCHOOL THROUGH LITTERATURE REVIEWS FIELDWORK AND ACTION-RESEARCH2. EXCHANGE OF BEST PRACTICES STRUCTURED IN TWO WORKING GROUPS DEALING RESPECTIVELY WITH CREATIVITY AND “CONTEXTS” AND “EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGES”3. ANNUAL CONFERENCES AIMED AT EXCHANGING BEST PRACTICES AND AT
  • 8. AIMS OF RESEARCH→ To provide an overview of the academic work on creativity and ECEC in Europe→ to identify the perspective of the teachers on creativity→ to identify activities and methodologies that promote creativity in preschool settings and in different socio-cultural contexts
  • 9. ANNUAL CONFERENCESYear 1 – Beja - portugal 5-7 may 2011a) presentation of results of investigationb)set up of working groupsc) contact seminar for project development
  • 10. ANNUAL CONFERENCESYEAR 2 – KLAIPEDA LITHUANIA 23-25 May 2012a) presentation of work carried out in the working groupsb) presentation of findings of comparative research carriedout
  • 11. ANNUAL CONFERENCESYEAR 3 – SCANDIANO – ITALY 12-14 JUNE 2013a)presentation of the final results of researchb)presentation of best practices identifiedc)presentation of draft document addressed to policy makers
  • 12. ANNUAL CONFERENCESYEAR 3 – SCANDIANO – ITALY 12-14 JUNE 2013A)Presentation of the final results of researchB)Presentation of best practices identifiedC)Presentation of draft document addressed to policy makersD)Contact sessions for project development
  • 13. CREANET working groups Methodology1) Identification of the key charateristics of creativity2) Identification of specific aspects related to subthemes - Contexts (spaces and materials, technology and media/relations, outdoor spaces) - Expressive languages (Story telling and language learning, aesthetic expressions, expressive language in outdoor environment)3) Reading the daily practices about the themes in the light of the keywords Preparation of a description sheet for the practice identified
  • 14. Discussion on the themes in working groups1) Presentations2) Discussion in groups - Identification of common elements - Possible aspects to deepen1) Reporting in plenaryProject development/ follow-up session - Problem/needs - Identification of objectives /expected results - Definition of possible activities - Time plan
  • 15. Dissemination seminarsActivities carried out in local seminars:1) Reporting of the research results presentedat the annual conferences2) Lectures on creativity given by academics orprofessionals3) Workshops on the theme of creativity
  • 16. Dissemination seminars
  • 17. EXPECTED IMPACT• 80 ACADEMICS IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION→1400 THROUGH DISSEMINATION• 280 TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, PEDAGOGICAL COORDINATORS, PRESCHOOL MANAGERS→7000 THROUGH DISSEMINATION
  • 18. EXPECTED IMPACT• 200 DECISION MAKERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS→1700 THROUGH DISSEMINATION• 4.000 FAMILIES FOR WHOM PRESCHOOL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED WITHIN THIS PARTNERSHIP• CHILDREN ATTENDING THE PRESCHOOLS INVOLVED
  • 19. Dissemination strategyOrganizations reached by dissemination:- 179 Pre-schools- 51 Municipalities- 22 Universities Professional profiles involved- 28 Associations in Creanet activities:- 26 Primary schools -443 preschools teachers,- 2 Trade unions -238 civil servants -79 academics -53 preschools managers - 43 students -8 trade union representatives.
  • 20. Dissemination results2862 People reached by dissemination tools1) Dissemination seminar at local level 750 people attended local seminars1) Internet website/ online platform 166 member of Creanet online community 22.578 Visits to public website and online platform3) Newsletter 650 copies of the e-newsletter distributed through Creanet and SERN contact lists
  • 21. HOW TO BE LINKED TO CREANET• VISIT THE SITE OF THE PROJECT www.creativityinpreschool.eu (presentations can be downloaded)• SUBSCRIBE TO THE PROJECT’ S NEWSLETTER• ATTEND THE ANNUAL CONFERENCES (SCANDIANO ITALY JUNE 2013)• GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR NATIONAL COORDINATOR• IF YOUR COUNTRY IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE NETWORK SERN CAN PROVIDE NECESSARY INFORMATION/CONTACTS
  • 22. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION ! Dr Nicola Catellani Project Coordinator info@sern.eu