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Creativity and performativity: the case of further education

Simmons, Robin and Thompson, Ron (2008) Creativity and performativity: the case of further education. British Educational Research Journal, 34 (5). pp. 601-618. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

This article examines the circumstances affecting creative teaching and learning within the specific context of English further education (FE)—a sector which has proved to be particularly fertile ground for performativity. Beginning with an analysis of notions of creativity in education and a description of the peculiar history and policy context of FE, the article problematises the relationship between representations of creativity and the current situation of teachers and learners. Drawing on a range of empirical studies and policy analyses, it is argued that FE is increasingly positioned at the 'lower end' of a largely class-based division of post-compulsory education in England. In such a division, the authors argue, meaningful creativity is difficult to achieve. Within the performative context of FE, attempts to interpret official discourse on creativity may only serve to reproduce and exacerbate existing inequalities in education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2008 08:34
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:48
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2714

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