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Anna Craft

Professor (Education)

The Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies Department of Education


Profile

I came to the OU in the early 1990s from a background in primary teaching, initial and in service education at another University, and national curriculum development work. Since 2003 I have held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. From January 2007 I take up a part-time appointment as Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, alongside a continuing fractional appointment as Reader in Education, here at the OU, and some freelance work in the area of Creativity in Education.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the Ed D and Foundation Degree programme, and am particularly involved in the areas of creativity and education, teacher development, nature and notions of professionality, issues in primary education, as well as early childhood education and care.

Research Interests

Lifewide creativity is my passion. Recent books include Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum (Routledge, 2000), Creativity in Education (edited with Bob Jeffrey and Mike Leibling, Continuum, 2001), Creativity and Early Years Education (Continuum, 2002) and Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas (Routledge, 2005). Current interests include creativity and wisdom, progression in creative learning, the nature of possibility thinking in classrooms, the documenting of creative learning among children aged 3 - 11 in particular, the aspirations of young people and learning models implicit in creative learning partnerships and reflective practice among early childhood professionals. With Bob Jeffrey, I initiated the Open Creativity Centre in 2001. I also co-lead the BERA Special Interest Group, Creativity in Education, with Teresa Grainger (Canterbury Christchurch University) and Pam Burnard (Cambridge University). I work closely with policy makers, practitioners, researchers and development projects to nurture lifewide creativity. I have several books in preparation, all due for publication in 2007: Craft, A., Gardner, H. and Claxton, G. (in preparation), Creativity and Wisdom in Education, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press Craft, A., Cremin, T. and Burnard, P. (Eds) (in preparation), Creative Learning 3-11 and how we document it. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Paige-Smith, A. and Craft (Eds), (in preparation) Reflecting on Practice - exploring issues in early years education and care. Buckingham: Open University Press

Current Research

Projects listed here are those located at the Open University. Other projects are also in process, within the freelance element of my work, including the directorships of a large-scale evaluation of Creative Action Research Awards funded by DfES, and several research commissions for Creative Partnerships funded by DCMS. ASPIRE PILOT (February 2006 - January 2007). Co-Director of this project exploring aspirations of 11 - 19 year olds for future learning systems that they believe would nurture their creativity and engagement with learning. With a substantial e-dimension the project involves the identification of virtual and other environments/provocations through which prototypes of learning systems can be evolved, with the support of creative experts as a resource to the young people involved. Funded by National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Budget: £45K. Managing team of three and leading Steering Group. An invited presentation on this project was given at Danfoss Universe in Denmark, in May 2006. A conceptual paper on models of learning and pedagogy implicit in this project is in development. An empirical paper has been accepted for presentation at the peer refereed international conference Creativity or Conformity? To be held in Cardiff, January 2007. Progression in Creative Learning (January 2005 - February 2006). Director of this pilot project exploring the nature of progression in creative learning across three domains: English, Music and ICT. Funded by the Arts Council and DfES. Budget: £29K. Papers have been presentedd at BERA in 2006 and 2006, and at Hong Kong Institute of Education in a Public Lecture in November 2005. A paper on the project is in review with Journal of Creative Behavior. Possibility Thinking in Creativity (October 2004 - December 2006). Director of this pilot project, exploring the role and nature of possibility thinking in creative learning, in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Involves a team of five practitioners, five university based researchers and two consultant researchers. Funded by Cambridge University and the Open University. Budget: £9K. Papers from this project have been presented at ESRC Creativity Seminar Strathclyde University October 05, the Imaginative Curriculum Conference in Vancouver July 2006, University of Massachusetts, September 2006 and University of Southampton, October 2006. Papers have been published in Journal of Early Years Education and Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity, both during 2006. Chapters have been commissioned for two books.

Publications

Authored Book
Chappell, Kerry; Rolfe, Linda; Craft, Anna and Jobbins , Veronica (2011). Close Encounters: Dance Partners for Creativity. Stoke on Trent: Trentham.
Chappell, Kerry ; Rolfe, Linda; Craft, Anna and Jobbins , Veronica (2011). Close Encounters: Dance Partners for Creativity. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
Craft, Anna (2010). Creativity and Education Futures: Learning in a Digital Age. Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Trentham Books.
Craft, Anna (2008). Voyages of Discovery: Looking at Models of Engagement. London: Creative Partnerships London North.
Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela (2007). Creative learning 3-11: and how we document it. UK: Trentham.
Craft, Anna (2005). Creativity in schools: tensions and dilemmas. UK: Routledge.
Craft, A (2005). Creativity in Schools: Tensions and Dilemmas. Abingdon: Routledge.
Craft, Anna (2002). Creativity and Early Years Education: A lifewide foundation. Continuum Studies in Lifelong Learning. London, UK: Continuum.
Craft, Anna (2000). Continuing Professional Development: A Pracical Guide for Teachers and Schools (2nd edition). London, U.K. and New York, NY, U.S.: Routledge Falmer in association with The Open University.
Book Chapter
Soler, Janet ; Walsh, Christopher ; Craft, Anna ; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy (2012). Introduction. In: Soler, Janet; Walsh, Christopher; Craft, Anna; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy eds. Transforming Practice: Critical issues in equity, diversity and education. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, xi-xv.
Craft, A. (2010). Possibility thinking and wise creativity: educational futures in England? In: Bhegetto, R. and Kaufman, J. eds. Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 289–312.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna (2009). Reflection and developing a community of practice. In: Miller, Linda; Cable, Carrie and Goodliff, Gill eds. Supporting Children's Learning in the Early Years, 2nd edition. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 192–198.
Craft, Anna and Chappell, Kerry (2009). Fostering possibility through co-researching creative movement with 7-11 year olds. In: Blenkinsop, Sean ed. The Imagination in Education: Extending the Boundaries of Theory and Practice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Craft, Anna (2009). An English translation? Multiple intelligences in England. In: Chen, Jie-Qi; Moran, Seana and Gardner, Howard eds. Multiple Intelligences Around the World. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Craft, Anna (2009). Creativity. In: Anderman, Eric M. and Anderman, Lynley Hicks eds. Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Detroit: Macmillan Reference.
Paige-Smith, Alice ; Rix, Jonathan and Craft, Anna (2008). Reflective Family-Centred Practices: parents' perspectives and early intervention. In: Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. UK: Open University Press, pp. 145–159.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna (2008). Developing reflective practice. In: Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill,/Open University Press, pp. 25–39.
Craft, Anna and Paige-Smith, Alice (2008). What does it mean to reflect on our practice? In: Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press, pp. 13–24.
Cochrane, Pat; Craft, Anna and Jefferey, Graham (2008). Mixed messages or permissions and opportunities? Reflections on current policy perspectives on creativity in education. In: Sefton-Green, Julian ed. Creative Learning. London: Creative Partnerships, pp. 27–39.
Craft, Anna and Paige-Smith, Alice (2008). Reflective practice. In: Miller, Linda and Cable, Carrie eds. Professionalism in the Early Years. London: Hodder Arnold, pp. 87–97.
Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela (2008). Creative learning: an emergent concept. In: Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd..
Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa ; Burnard, Pamela and Chappell, Kerry (2008). Possibility thinking with children in England aged 3-7. In: Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books Ltd., pp. 65–74.
Craft, A. (2008). Creativity and early years settings. In: Paige-Smith, A. and Craft, A. eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Buckingham: Open University Press, pp. 93–107.
Craft, Anna ; Gardner, Howard and Claxton, Guy (2008). Nurturing creativity, wisdom and trusteeship in education: a collective debate. In: Craft, Anna; Gardner, Howard and Claxton, Guy eds. Creativity, Wisdom and Trusteeship: Exploring the Role of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Craft, Anna (2008). Tensions in creativity and education: enter wisdom and trusteeship? In: Craft, Anna; Gardner, Howard and Claxton, Guy eds. Creativity, Wisdom and Trusteeship: Exploring the Role of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Claxton, Guy; Craft, Anna and Gardner, Howard (2008). Concluding thoughts: good thinking - education for wise creativity. In: Craft, Anna; Gardner, Howard and Claxton, Guy eds. Creativity, Wisdom and Trusteeship: Exploring the Role of Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Paige-Smith, A ; Rix, J and Craft, A (2008). Reflective family-centered practices: parents' perspectives and early intervention. In: Paige-Smith, A and Craft, A eds. Developing Practice in the Early Years. Berkshire: McGraw Hill, Open University, pp. 145–159.
Paige-Smith, A. and Craft, A. (2008). Reflection and developing a community of practice. In: Paige-Smith, A and Craft, A eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Berkshire: McGraw Hill, Open University, pp. 170–178.
Paige-Smith, A ; Craft, A and Craft, M (2008). Democratic reflective practice in the early years. In: Paige-Smith, A and Craft, A eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Berkshire: McGraw Hill, Open University, pp. 179–186.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna (2007). Postscript: democratic reflective practice in the early years. In: Paige-Smith, Alice; Craft, Anna and Craft, Michael eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press / McGraw Hill, pp. 179–186.
Craft, Anna (2007). Possibility thinking in the early years and primary classroom. In: Tan, Ai-Girl ed. Creativity: a Handbook for Teachers. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 231–250.
Craft, A. ; Cremin, T. ; Burnard, P. and Chappell, K. (2007). Developing creative learning through possibility thinking with children aged 3-7. In: Craft, A.; Cremin, T. and Burnard, P. eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It. London, UK: Trentham.
Craft, Anna (2006). Creativity in schools' education. In: Jackson, Norman; Oliver, Martin; Shaw, Malcolm and Wisdom, James eds. Developing creativity in Higher Education: an imaginative curriculum. London, UK: RoutlegeFalmer, pp. 19–28.
Craft, Anna (2006). Changing minds about GoodWork? In: Schaler, Jeffrey A. ed. Howard Gardner under fire: the rebel psychologist faces his critics. Peru, Illinois, USA: Open Court Publishing Company, pp. 217–229.
Jeffrey, Bob and Craft, Anna (2006). Creative learning and possibility thinking. In: Jeffrey, Bob ed. Creative learning practices: European experiences. Ethnography and Education. London, UK: Tufnell Press.
Craft, Anna (2006). Preface. In: Bannerman, Christopher; Sofaer, Joshua and Watt, Jane eds. Navigating the Unknown, the creative process in contemporary performing arts. London: Middlesex University Press.
Haynes, Lindsey and Craft, Anna (2005). Enabling Children's Creativity as a Teaching Assistant. In: Cable, Carrie and Eyres, Ian eds. Primary Teaching Assistants: Curriculum in Context. London and Milton Keynes: Routledge in association with the Open University, pp. 151–158.
Craft, Anna (2005). Changes in the Landscape for Primary Education. In: Wilson, Anthony ed. Creativity in Primary Schools. Exeter: Learning Matters, pp. 7–18.
Craft, A. (2005). Creativity in Primary Schools. In: Wilson, Anthony ed. Creativity in Primary Education: Theory and Practice. Exeter, U.K.: Learning Matters, pp. 7–32.
Craft, Anna and Jeffrey, Bob (2004). Creative Practice and Practice which Fosters Creativity. In: Miller, Linda and Devereux, Jane eds. Supporting Children's Learning in the Early Years. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 105–112.
Craft, Anna (2004). Creative Thinking in the Early Years of Education. In: Fryer, Marilyn ed. Creativity and Cultural Diversity. The Creativity Centre Educational Trust, pp. 137–151.
Craft, Anna and Jeffrey, Bob (2004). A creative practice and practice which fosters creativity. In: Miller, Linda and Devereux, Jane eds. Supporting Childrens' Learning in the Early Years. London: David Fulton, pp. 105–112.
Craft, Anna (2001). 'Little c Creativity'. In: Craft, Anna; Jeffrey, Robert and Leibling, Mike eds. Creativity in education. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 45–61.
Jeffrey, Robert and Craft, Anna (2001). The Universalization of creativity. In: Craft, Anna; Jeffrey, Robert and Leibling, Mike eds. Creativity in Education. London: Continuum.
Conference Item
Grainger, Teresa ; Craft, Anna and Burnard, Pamela (2007). Examining possibility thinking in action in early years settings. In: Imaginative Education Research Symposium, 12 - 15 July 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Craft, Anna ; Twining, Peter and Chappell, Kerry (2007). Aspiring to transform education? 'Impossibility thinking' as a living experiment: Young learners aspiring towards creative education futures. In: British Educational Research Association Conference, September 2007, London, UK.
Twining, Peter ; Craft, Anna and Chappell, Kerry (2007). Learners reconceptualising education: Widening participation through creative engagement? In: Higher Education Academy: Creativity or Conformity? Building Cultures of Creativity in Higher Education, 8-10 January 2007, Cardiff.
Journal Article
Craft, Anna ; Cremin , Teresa; Hay , Penny and Clack , Jim (2014). Creative primary schools: developing and maintaining pedagogy for creativity. Ethnography and Education, 9(1), pp. 16–34.
Cremin, Teresa ; Chappell, Kerry and Craft, Anna (2013). Reciprocity between narrative, questioning and imagination in the early and primary years: examining the role of narrative in possibility thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 9 pp. 135–151.
Craft, Anna (2013). Childhood, possibility thinking and wise, humanising educational futures. International Journal of Educational Research, 61 pp. 126–134.
Craft, Anna (2013). Childhood, possibility thinking and wise, humanising educational futures. International Journal of Educational Research, 61 pp. 126–134.
Craft, Anna ; McConnon, Linda and Paige-Smith, Alice (2012). Child-initiated play and professional creativity: enabling four-year-olds' possibility thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 7(1), pp. 48–61.
Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa ; Burnard, Pamela; Dragovic, Tatjana and Chappell, Kerry (2012). Possibility thinking: culminative studies of an evidence-based concept driving creativity? Education 3-13, 41(5), pp. 538–556.
Craft, Anna (2012). Childhood in a digital age: creative challenges for educational futures. London Review of Education, 10(2), pp. 173–190.
Megalakiki, Olga; Craft, Anna and Cremin, Teresa (2012). The nature of creativity: cognitive and confluence perspectives. Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 10(3), pp. 1035–1056.
Chappell, Kerry and Craft, Anna (2011). Creative learning conversations: producing living dialogic spaces. Educational Research, 53(3), pp. 363–385.
Chappell, Kerry; Craft, Anna ; Rolfe, Linda and Jobbins, Veronica (2009). Dance partners for creativity: choreographing space for co-participative research into creativity and partnership in dance education. Research in Dance Education, 10(3), pp. 177–197.
Chappell, Kerry ; Craft, Anna ; Rolfe, Linda and Jobbins, Veronica (2009). Dance partners for creativity: choreographing space for co-participative research into creativity and partnership in dance education. Research in Dance Education , 10 (3), pp. 177–197.
Chappell, Kerry and Craft, Anna (2009). Creative Science Teaching Labs: new dimensions in CPD. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 4(1), pp. 44–59.
Craft, Anna (2008). Trusteeship, wisdom and the creative future of education? UNESCO Observatory: Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(3), pp. 1–20.
Craft, Anna (2008). Studying collaborative creativity: Implications for education. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 3(3), pp. 241–245.
Craft, Anna and Jeffrey, Robert (2008). Creativity and performativity in teaching and learning: tensions, dilemmas, constraints, accommodations and synthesis. British Educational Research Journal, 34(5), pp. 577–584.
Chappell, Kerry ; Craft, Anna ; Burnard, Pamela and Cremin, Teresa (2008). Question-posing and question-responding: the heart of 'Possibility Thinking' in the early years. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 28(3), pp. 267–286.
Craft, Anna ; Chappell, Kerry and Twining, Peter (2008). Learners reconceptualising education: widening participation through creative engagement? Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 45(3), pp. 235–245.
Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa ; Burnard, Pamela and Chappell, Kerry (2007). Teacher stance in creative learning: A study of progression. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2(2), pp. 136–147.
Cremin, Teresa ; Burnard, Pamela and Craft, Anna (2006). Pedagogy and Possibility Thinking in the Early Years. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 1(2), pp. 108–119.
Faulkner, Dorothy ; Coates, Elizabeth; Craft, Anna and Duffy, Bernadette (2006). Creativity and cultural innovation in early childhood education. International Journal of Early Years Education, 14(3), pp. 191–199.
Burnard, Pamela; Craft, Anna ; Cremin, Teresa ; Duffy, Bernadette; Hanson, Ruth; Keene, Jean; Haynes, Lindsay and Burns, Dawn (2006). Documenting ‘possibility thinking': a journey of collaborative enquiry. International Journal of Early Years Education, 14(3), pp. 243–262.
Craft, Anna (2006). Fostering creativity with wisdom. Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3), pp. 337–350.
Gabel-Dunk, Genie and Craft, Anna (2004). The road to Ithaca: a mentee’s and mentor’s journey. Teacher Development, 8(2), pp. 277–296.
Jeffrey, Bob and Craft, Anna (2004). Teaching creatively and teaching for creativity: distinctions and relationships. Educational Studies, 30(1), pp. 77–87.
Craft, Anna and Jeffrey, Bob (2004). Learner inclusiveness for creative learning. Education 3-13, 32(2), pp. 39–43.
Craft, A. (2003). Creative thinking in the early years of Education. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 23(2), pp. 143–154.
Craft, Anna (2003). Creative Thinking in the Early Years of Education. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 23(2), pp. 147–157.
Craft, Anna (2003). The limits to creativity in education: dilemmas for the educator. British Journal of Educational Studies, 51(2), pp. 113–127.
Craft, Anna (2003). Early years education in England and little c creativity: the third wave? Korean Journal of thinking and problem solving, 13(1), pp. 49–58.
Craft, Anna R. ; Martin, David. S. and Tillema, Harm (2002). International collaboration: challenges for researchers. Educational Forum, 66(4),
Martin, David S.; Craft, Anna R. and Tillema, H. (2002). Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies in Primary School Pupils: An Inter-Cultural Study of Teachers’ Learning. Journal of In-Service Education, 28(1), pp. 115–134.
Martin, D.S. ; Craft, A. and Sheng, Z.N. (2001). The impact of cognitive strategy instruction on deaf learners: an international comparative study. American Annals of the Deaf, 146(4), pp. 366–378.
Craft, Anna (2001). Neuro-linguistic Programming and learning theory. Curriculum Journal, 12(1), pp. 125–136.
Other
Craft, A ; Miell, D ; Vass, E; Whitelock, D ; Littleton, K ; Joubert, M and Murphy, P (2004). Ignite! Fellowship Programme for Young People: A Research Study. National Endownment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), London, UK.