Opening up researcher-teacher dialogue about Performativity, Posthuman theory and Creativity in the Early Years of Primary School.

Jan Smyth, Jo Albin-Clark

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Abstract

Making greetings cards for family members with young children is common practice in primary schools, marking events and supporting school-caregiver relationships. Because schools operate in intensifying performative cultures, they can find more open-ended creative activities problematic to justify when learning demonstrably delineated as literacy is afforded a closer scrutiny (Albin-Clark, 2021). From posthuman theoretical lenses, attention shifts to frames of interdependency between humans, matter and materials and the close intra-activity between materials and discourse (Barad, 2007; Lenz Taguchi, 2010). Our paper shares our research encounters with foregrounding creativity and child agency in cardmaking to celebrate Mothering Sunday with three and four-year-old children in a primary school. From a research perspective, we share the tensions in taking the non-human into account for data generation in our focus on the material and the discursive. From a practice perspective, we ponder the close inter-relationships in-between performativity, child-material intra-actions, posthuman theory and the precarious status of creativity in the Early Years of Primary School (Albin-Clark, 2019).
Original languageEnglish
Pages34
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2022
Event Annual Conference for Research in Education (ACRE): Transitions and Transformations: Educational Research in Rapidly Changing Contexts - UK, Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 202215 Jul 2022
http://eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/16272/45/ACRE%20abstracts%20for%20programme%20book%20FINAL.pdf

Conference

Conference Annual Conference for Research in Education (ACRE): Transitions and Transformations: Educational Research in Rapidly Changing Contexts
Abbreviated titleACRE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityOrmskirk
Period14/07/2215/07/22
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Keywords

  • research
  • education

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