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You're good at finding things out. Forsythe

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You're good at finding things out. Forsythe

  1. 1. ““You’re good at findingYou’re good at finding things out.”things out.” Developing questioning skills:Developing questioning skills: Creative Partnerships in North EastCreative Partnerships in North East England.England. Fiona M ForsytheFiona M Forsythe Fionn Consultancy ServicesFionn Consultancy Services
  2. 2. Where do these quotes comeWhere do these quotes come from?from? ““It helped us to think about asking goodIt helped us to think about asking good questions and giving careful answers”questions and giving careful answers” ““We came up with 50 different questionsWe came up with 50 different questions that we wanted to know the answers to”that we wanted to know the answers to”
  3. 3. What is Creative Partnerships?What is Creative Partnerships? ““The government’s flagship creativeThe government’s flagship creative learning programme, designed to developlearning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across thethe skills of young people across the primary and secondary sectors”primary and secondary sectors” www.creative-partnerships.comwww.creative-partnerships.com
  4. 4. So what do they do?So what do they do? ““We foster innovative, long-termWe foster innovative, long-term partnerships between schools andpartnerships between schools and creative professionals, includingcreative professionals, including architects, scientists, multimediaarchitects, scientists, multimedia developers and artists. These partnershipsdevelopers and artists. These partnerships inspire young people, teachers andinspire young people, teachers and creative professionals to challenge howcreative professionals to challenge how they work and experiment with new ideas.they work and experiment with new ideas.
  5. 5. …… Young peopleYoung people develop thedevelop the skills they needskills they need to perform well not only in exams andto perform well not only in exams and extra-curricular activities, but also in theextra-curricular activities, but also in the workplace and wider society”workplace and wider society” www.creative-partnerships.comwww.creative-partnerships.com
  6. 6. in summaryin summary EnquiryEnquiry andand researchresearch are at the heartare at the heart of the experienceof the experience
  7. 7. A Creative AgentA Creative Agent Supports the development of creativeSupports the development of creative learning in schoolslearning in schools Creative learningCreative learning ““Imaginative activity fashioned so as toImaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are both originalproduce outcomes that are both original and of value”and of value” All our futuresAll our futures
  8. 8. Attributes of creative learningAttributes of creative learning  Formulating good questionsFormulating good questions  Effective problem solvingEffective problem solving  Making connections and seeingMaking connections and seeing relationships between subjectsrelationships between subjects  Exploring ideasExploring ideas  Reflecting critically about learningReflecting critically about learning  Learning about learningLearning about learning
  9. 9. An Agent’s visionAn Agent’s vision ““We support schools to develop enquiry-We support schools to develop enquiry- based programmes with imaginative andbased programmes with imaginative and relevant research questions through activerelevant research questions through active listening, questioning and challenge, withlistening, questioning and challenge, with children as protagonists in their ownchildren as protagonists in their own learning”learning”
  10. 10. Richard GerverRichard Gerver ““Creativity is one of the DNA strands ofCreativity is one of the DNA strands of education”education”
  11. 11. Attributes of creative learningAttributes of creative learning  Formulating good questionsFormulating good questions  Effective problem solvingEffective problem solving  Making connections and seeingMaking connections and seeing relationships between subjectsrelationships between subjects  Exploring ideasExploring ideas  Reflecting critically about learningReflecting critically about learning  Learning about learningLearning about learning
  12. 12. Pete McGuiganPete McGuigan ““Learning to enquire is as much aboutLearning to enquire is as much about professional development as it is aboutprofessional development as it is about raising standards for children. It is anraising standards for children. It is an approach, disposition or an attitude ofapproach, disposition or an attitude of mind, rather than a solution, and it ismind, rather than a solution, and it is based on the notion that true professionalsbased on the notion that true professionals in education must themselves be lifelongin education must themselves be lifelong learners.”learners.”
  13. 13. I wrote…I wrote… How does Creative Partnerships influenceHow does Creative Partnerships influence information literacy in an academicinformation literacy in an academic setting?setting?
  14. 14. Perhaps it should be…Perhaps it should be… Does creative learning createDoes creative learning create opportunities for information literacyopportunities for information literacy training?training? oror Can information handling skills deepen aCan information handling skills deepen a students use of enquiry based learning?students use of enquiry based learning?
  15. 15. ……or even…or even… In exploring the enquiry, do we forget howIn exploring the enquiry, do we forget how to find out?to find out?
  16. 16. Sue CowleySue Cowley ““When it comes to finding and working withWhen it comes to finding and working with information, we can help our studentsinformation, we can help our students develop a number of important thinkingdevelop a number of important thinking skills.skills. These include speed reading, noteThese include speed reading, note taking…”taking…”
  17. 17. Richard GerverRichard Gerver ““Creative people are dangerous; creativeCreative people are dangerous; creative teachers are deadly”teachers are deadly” but…but… What if creative teachers were ace atWhat if creative teachers were ace at finding things out – what would that befinding things out – what would that be like?like?
  18. 18. Thank youThank you fionn@forsythe.demon.co.uk

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