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Why CREANETAlways more attention paid at EU level onearly childhood educationScarce partecipation of actors dealing withchildren aged from 0-6 in the LLP Comeniusaction
Background Since 2007 to 2012261 Comenius projects approved by thecentral agency EACEA (in Bruxelles)Only 12 of them were focused on educationin early childhood
CREANET is a Comenius network aimed atdeveloping a european forum for discussionresearch and exchange of best practices on creativity in preschool education from a multidisciplinary and cross-institutional perspective.
Project lengthOctober September 2010 2013 36 months
Scandiano Municipality University of SERN Italy Modena and Italy Reggio Emilia Italy University of University of Liepaja Latvia Klaipeda Lithuania Enzkreis Verteneglio Germany Municipality Croazia University of Norrköping Instituto Jyvaskyla Municipality Politecnico de Sweden Finland Beja PortugalUniversity CollegeLillebaelt, Odense University ofDenmark Murcia Spain
Associated Partners 41 Associated partners(E.G.)Parma provinceForlì municipalityMUBA – MilanoScuola statale dell’Infanzia dell’Abate ScandianoScuola statale dell’Infanzia Don Borghi - RE
Obiettivi di CREANET1. To create a european forum for discussion among practitioners and academics;2. 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 the children and families belonging to minorities and/or disedvanteged groups5. To strengthen the european dimension of lifelong learning and to stimulate creativity at the early stages of childhood
Network Strategy1. Research activities aimed at developing a european approach toward creativity in pre-school 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 developing new projects based on the results of the research
Research→ European literature review on creativity in pre-school education; National literature review International thematic literature review Creativity and technologies, creativity and science, creativity and art, creativity and teacher’s role, creativity and materials, creativity in children and adults→ To identify the perspective of the teachers on creativity;→ Sharing best practices;
TEACHERS’ POINT OF VIEW Adopted MethodologiesFocus Groups Questionnaires Interviews
AIM OF THE QUESTIONNAIRETo identify the teachers’ point of view oncreativity through a questionnaire.In particular, to understand what are theelements and activities that help or hindercreativity in children
THE RESEARCH SAMPLERespondents: 425 kindergarden and nursery school teachers from 8 countriesCroatia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.
THE RESEARCH SAMPLE 2Profile: Women (95% of the sample), withmore than 10 years of teaching experience(70% of the sample)The respondents participated in sometraining activity on creativity.
ELEMENTS THAT INFLUENCE CREATIVITY1. Appropriate pedagogical behavior of teachers2. Availability of materials3. Attractiveness of indoor/outdoor environment4. Adequate organizational structure of the school
Prima Creanet conference – Beja (PT), 5-7 may 2011Presentation of the results of investigationSet up of wrking groupsContact seminar for project developmentSecond Creanet conference – Lithuania, 23-25 may 2012Presentation of the work carried out in the working groupsPresentation of findings of comparative research carried out duting the second year of activitiesContact seminar for project development of new Comenius projectsThird Creanet conference – Italy, september 2013Presentation of the final results of the researchPresentation of the best practices identifiedPresentation of a draft document addressed to policy makers
Presentation of the research results2011 ConferenceNational LiteratureReview2012 ConferenceTransnational thematicanalysis2013 ConferencePresentation of theresults/outputs of theresearch
Development of New ProjectsSpecific sessions in each conference were dedicatedto the development of Comenius projects amongpreschools Multilateral Projects Networks Partnerships LLP Comenius http://www.programmallp.it/home.php?id_cnt=11
How to follow CREANETVisit the website www.creativityinpreschool.eu and follow usof the social network:facebook.com/creanetEUtwitter.com/CreanetEUParticipate to the annual CREANET dissemination seminarsParticipate to the CREANET annual conferencesValorize the results of the project by testing the results ofresearch, methodologies and best practices of the network inyour organization