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Professor Teresa Mary Cremin

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Professional biography

Professor Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.

Professor Cremin is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences,(AcSS) the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and the English Association (EA). Additionally, she is a Trustee of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) and the Society for Educational Studies (SES). She is also a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust (CPRT) and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, as well as the co-cordinator of the BERA Special Interest Group on Creativity. Previously she has served as President of the UK Reading Association and the UKLA and as a Trustee of the Poerty Archive and a Board Member of BookTrust.

Teresa has been a practising primary teacher,a staff development co-ordinator in a local authority, and has worked extensively in Higher Edcuation both with initial teacher education students and with practising professionals. Currently her work mainly focuses on research, although she is also involved in teaching and consultancy, leadership, management and knowledge transfer activities.

Teresa gained a Psychology degree at Bristol University, a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge, a Masters Degree at the Institute of Education, London and her PhD through the University of Kent at Canterbury.
 

Research interests

Professor Cremin’s socio-cultural research focuses mainly on teachers' literate identities and practices, the pedagogies associated with children's volitional reading and writing (within and beyond the classroom), and creative teaching and learning from the early years through to Higher Education.

Professor Cremin is interested in the aesthetic and artistic nature of language and literacy learning and the role and use of creativity in and through language. She has explored children’s imaginative development and the characteristics of ‘possibility thinking’ manifest in the learning engagement of children and the pedagogical strategies of their teachers, as well as the relationship between drama and other forms of oral engagement, and children’s voice in writing. Additionally, she has documented primary teachers’ knowledge and use of children’s literature and the concept of Reading Teachers - teachers who read and readers who teach (Commeyras et al., 2004) as well as teachers' identities as writers. Teresa is particularly interested in the consequences of teachers'  literate identity positioning on their pedagogic practices and the identity positions made available to younger readers and writers in the classroom.

Professor Cremin often works with teachers as co-participant researchers, supporting them to engage with an ethnographic eye and research children's literacy lives and practices within and beyond school, as well as document their own identity enactments as literacy educators and creative professionals.

Current and recent externally funded research projects include:

Teachers as Writers (2015-2017)

International Cross-cultural Play Study: Children's Perceptions (2015-2017)

Disadvantaged 'Struggling' Boy Readers' (dis)engagement with Reading (2015-2016)

Creative Early Years Scientists (CEYS) EU Erasmus Plus (2014-2017)

Create to Learn (C2Learn) EU (2013-2015)

Immersive Theatre and Literacy Learning (2014-2015)

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with BookTrust on Digital Texts (2014)

Professional Writers' Identities and Composing Practices (2014-2015)

Creative Little Scientists (CLS) FP7 EU (2011-2014)

Storytelling and Story-acting in the Early Years (2012-2013)

Creative Primary Schools and their Pedagogic Practice (2011-12)

Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Engaged Readers (2009-11)

Extracurricular Literary Reading in the CKG Shadowing Scheme (2011)

Building Communities: Researching Literacy Lives (2009-2010).

Teachers’ Identities as Writers (2009-2011)

Possibility Thinking in Primary Practice   (2009-2014)

Conceptions of Independence in Writing (2009-2010)

 

Teaching interests

Professor Cremin is interested in creative teaching and learning in literacy and other domains. She is currently engaged in working on a new international OU course on creativity and play.

She has taught extensively on Masters courses at both Canterbury Christchurch University and the OU, related to research methods, to creativity, to literacy and to literature. She is External Examiner for the MA in Children's Literature and Literacies at the University of Glasgow and undertakes considerable PhD examining in the UK and internationally. 

Professor Cremin is also engaged in teaching through work with Local Authorities, schools and organisations such as the NUT, NAAE, NATE, ASPE, NAPE, and UKLA. In this work she leads continuing professional development for teachers. Additionally, she is involved in teaching in other contexts such as on graduate and undergraduate programmes in universities.

External collaborations

Professor Cremin is involved in a number of external organisations in her roles as a Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust;  a co-convenor of the BERA Creativity SIG; a Trustee of UK Literacy Association; and a Trustee of the Society for Education Studies. She was previously a Board member of the Poetry Archive and of Booktrust. In addition, she is currently a Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and reviews bids for this and other organisations, nationally and internationally. Professor Cremin is on the Board of 6 academic journals and was previously the Editor of the Blackwell’s journal Literacy. She has chaired the International Reading Association’s Dissertation Award committee and is currently a member of the SES Research Committee and the Book Awards Committee, as well as the UKLA Conference committee, in which capacity she organises an annual research symposium.

Professor Cremin has been President of the UK Reading Association and the UK Literacy Association. In addition she works with other organisations including for example: The Reading Agency (TRA); the National Literacy Trust (NLT); the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA); The Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE); Empathy Lab;  the Centre for Librarians and Information Professionals, (CILIP); and MakeBelieve Arts (MBA).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

Young children’s reading for pleasure with digital books: six key facets of engagement (2016)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Littleton, Karen and Cremin, Teresa
Cambridge Journal of Education ((Early view))
Creative little scientists: exploring pedagogical synergies between inquiry-based and creative approaches in Early Years science (2015)
Cremin, Teresa; Glauert, Esme; Craft, Anna; Compton, Ashley and Styliandou , Fani
Education 3-13, 43(4) (pp. 404-419)
Editorial: Perspectives on creative pedagogy: exploring challenges, possibilities and potential (2015)
Cremin, Teresa
Education 3-13, 43(4) (pp. 353-359)
Exploring the discursively constructed identities of a teacher-writer teaching writing (2014-12)
Cremin, Teresa and Baker, Sally
English Teaching Practice and Critique , 13(3) (pp. 30-55)
Spot the Dog; with iPads: spot the difference! (2014-07)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Willans, Deb and Cremin, Teresa
English 4-11, 51 (pp. 11-14)
Creative primary schools: developing and maintaining pedagogy for creativity (2014)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa; Hay, Penny and Clack, Jim
Ethnography and Education, 9(1) (pp. 16-34)
Reciprocity between narrative, questioning and imagination in the early and primary years: examining the role of narrative in possibility thinking (2013-08)
Cremin, Teresa; Chappell, Kerry and Craft, Anna
Thinking Skills and Creativity, 9 (pp. 135-151)
Possibility thinking: culminative studies of an evidence-based concept driving creativity? (2012)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa; Burnard, Pamela; Dragovic, Tatjana and Chappell, Kerry
Education 3-13, 41(5) (pp. 538-556)
Building communities: teachers researching literacy lives (2012)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona; Powell, Sacha and Drury, Rose
Improving Schools, 15(2) (pp. 101-115)
The nature of creativity: cognitive and confluence perspectives (2012)
Megalakiki, Olga; Craft, Anna and Cremin, Teresa
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 10(3) (pp. 1035-1056)
Exploring teacher-writer identities in the classroom: Conceptualising the struggle (2010-12)
Cremin, Teresa and Baker, Sally
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 9 (3) (pp. 8-25)
Teachers as readers: building communities of readers (2009-04)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
Literacy, 43(1) (pp. 11-19)
Exploring teachers' knowledge of children's literature (2008-12)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Bearne, Eve and Goodwin, Prue
Cambridge Journal of Education, 38(4) (pp. 449-464)
Question-posing and question-responding: the heart of 'Possibility Thinking' in the early years (2008-10)
Chappell, Kerry; Craft, Anna; Burnard, Pamela and Cremin, Teresa
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 28(3) (pp. 267-286)
Primary teachers as readers (2008-04)
Cremin, Teresa; Bearne, Eve; Mottram, Marilyn and Goodwin, Prue
English in Education, 42(1) (pp. 8-23)
Teacher stance in creative learning: A study of progression (2007-11)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa; Burnard, Pamela and Chappell, Kerry
Thinking Skills and Creativity, 2(2) (pp. 136-147)
Pedagogy and Possibility Thinking in the Early Years (2006-11)
Cremin, Teresa; Burnard, Pamela and Craft, Anna
Thinking Skills and Creativity, 1(2) (pp. 108-119)
Documenting ‘possibility thinking': a journey of collaborative enquiry (2006-10)
Burnard, Pamela; Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa; Duffy, Bernadette; Hanson, Ruth; Keene, Jean; Haynes, Lindsay and Burns, Dawn
International Journal of Early Years Education, 14(3) (pp. 243-262)
Creativity, uncertainty and discomfort: teachers as writers (2006-09)
Cremin, Teresa
Cambridge Journal of Education, 36(3) (pp. 415-433)
Connecting drama and writing: seizing the moment to write (2006)
Cremin, Teresa; Goouch, Kathy; Blakemore, Louise; Goff, Emma and Macdonald, Roger
Research In Drama in Education, 11(3) (pp. 273-291)
Teachers as writers: learning together (2005)
Grainger, Teresa
English in Education, 39(1) (pp. 75-87)
Short, sweet and potent: Short stories in literacy learning (2005)
Grainger, Teresa
Primary English Magazine, 10(5) (pp. 25-29)
A creative cocktail: creative teaching in initial teacher education (2004-11)
Grainger, Teresa; Barnes, Jonathon and Scoffham, Stephen
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 30(3) (pp. 243-253)
Research in Progress - Raising boys' achievements in writing: joint PNS/UKLA pilot research project (2004)
Bearne, Eve and Grainger, Teresa
Literacy, 38(3) (pp. 156-158)
Creative teachers and the language arts: Possibilities and potential (2003-03)
Grainger, Teresa
Education 3-13, 31(1) (pp. 43-48)
Drama and Spirituality: reflective connections (2003)
Grainger, Teresa and Kendall-Seatter, Sue
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 8(1) (pp. 25-32)
Editorial: a retrospective (2003)
Grainger, Teresa
Literacy, 37(3) (pp. 95-97)
Let drama build bridges between the subjects (2003)
Grainger, Teresa
Primary English Magazine, 9(1) (pp. 8-12)
Bridging between drama and non-fiction writing (2003)
Grainger, Teresa
Primary English Magazine, 9(2) (pp. 19-23)
'Playing the game called writing': children's views and voices (2003)
Grainger, Teresa; Goouch, Kathy and Lambirth, Andrew
English in Education, 37(2) (pp. 4-15)
Researching Literacy Lives: Building Communities between Home and School (2015)
Cremin , Teresa; Mottram , Marilyn; Collins , Fiona M.; Powell, Sacha and Drury, Rose
ISBN : 978-1-138-77720-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure (2014)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for pleasure (2014)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona M.; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers (2011-09-08)
Cremin, Teresa and Myhill, Debra
ISBN : 978-0-415-57981-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Teaching Writing Effectively: Reviewing Practice (2011)
Bearne, Eve; Chamberlain, Liz; Cremin, Teresa and Mottram, Marilyn
ISBN : 9781897638583 | Publisher : UKLA | Published : Leicester
Teaching English Creatively (2009-06-26)
Cremin, Teresa
Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series
ISBN : 9780415435024 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Creative Teaching for Tomorrow: Fostering a Creative State of Mind Deal (2009)
Cremin, Teresa; Barnes, Jonathan and Scoffham, Stephen
ISBN : 9781907135002 | Publisher : Future Creative | Published : Kent, UK
Building Communities of Readers (2008-10)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona and Powell, Sacha
ISBN : 9781897638460 | Publisher : PNS/United Kingdom Literacy Association | Published : Leicester, UK
Creative learning 3-11: and how we document it (2007-12)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela
ISBN : 9781858564104 | Publisher : Trentham | Published : UK
Handbook of Primary English in Initial Teacher Education (2007)
Cremin, Teresa and Dombey, Henrietta
ISBN : 9781897638371 | Publisher : NATE and UKLA | Published : Cambridge
Creativity and writing: developing voice and verve in the classroom (2005-12)
Goouch, Kathy; Grainger, Teresa and Lambirth, Andrew
ISBN : 0 415 32885 3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxfordshire,UK
The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Language and Literacy (2004)
Grainger, Teresa
ISBN : 978-0-415-32767-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Drama, Reading and Writing and talking our way forwards (2004)
Grainger, Teresa and Pickard, Angela
ISBN : 1 897638 32 9 | Publisher : UKLA Publications | Published : Cambridge, UK
Creative Activities for Plot, Character and Setting, 5-7 (2004)
Grainger, Teresa; Goouch, Kathy and Lambirth, Andrew
ISBN : 9780439971119 | Publisher : Scholastic | Published : Milton Keynes
Classroom Interactions in Literacy (2003-11)
Bearne, Eve; Dombey, Henrietta and Grainger, Teresa
ISBN : 9780335213856 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham, UK
Creative teaching and creative teachers (2015)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Wilson, Anthony ed. Creativity in Primary Education (3rd ed). Achieving QTS (pp. 33-44)
ISBN : 978-1-4462-8064-5 | Publisher : SAGE | Published : London
Children and teachers' creativity in and through language (2013-04-19)
Cremin, Teresa and Maybin, Janet
In: Hall, Kathy; Cremin, Teresa; Comber, Barbara and Moll, Luis eds. The Wiley Blackwell International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning and Culture (pp. 275-290)
ISBN : 978-0-470-97597-8 | Publisher : Wiley Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Motivating children to read through literature (2010)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Fletcher, J.; Parkhill, F. and Gillon, G. eds. Motivating Literacy Learners in Today's World (pp. 11-22)
ISBN : 978-1-877398-65-0 | Publisher : New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) | Published : Wellington
Poetry teachers: teachers who read and readers who teach poetry (2010)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Styles, Morag; Joy, Louise and Whitley, David eds. Poetry and Childhood
ISBN : 9781858564722 | Publisher : Trentham | Published : London
Reconceptualising reading in the 21st Century (2010)
Cremin, T.
In: McCannon, T. ed. Reading in the 21st Century
Publisher : Reading Association of Ireland | Published : Dublin
Motivating children to write with purpose and passion (2010)
Cremin, T
In: Goodwin, P ed. The Literate Classroom (3rd ed.)
ISBN : 978-0-415-58407-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Creativity in the curriculum (2010)
Cremin, Teresa and Barnes, Jonathan
In: Arthur, James and Cremin, Teresa eds. Learning to Teach in the Primary School (2nd ed.) (pp. 357-373)
ISBN : 978-0-415-57492-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Teachers as readers in the 21st Century (2009)
Cremin, Teresa; Bearne, Eve; Mottram, Marilyn and Goodwin, Prue
In: Styles, Morag and Arizpe, Evelyn eds. Acts of Reading: teachers, text and childhood (pp. 201-218)
ISBN : 9781858564388 | Publisher : Trentham Books | Published : Staffordshire, UK
Creative teachers and creative teaching (2009)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Wilson, Anthony ed. Creativity in Primary Education (2nd ed.). Achieving QTS Cross-Curricular Strand (pp. 36-46)
ISBN : 9781844451982 | Publisher : Learning Matters | Published : Exeter
Creative learning: an emergent concept (2008)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela
In: Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It
ISBN : 9781858564104 | Publisher : Trentham Books Ltd. | Published : Stoke on Trent
Possibility thinking with children in England aged 3-7 (2008)
Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa; Burnard, Pamela and Chappell, Kerry
In: Craft, Anna; Cremin, Teresa and Burnard, Pamela eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It (pp. 65-74)
ISBN : 9781858564104 | Publisher : Trentham Books Ltd. | Published : Stoke-on-Trent
Revisiting reading for pleasure: Delight, desire and diversity (2007)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Goouch, Kathy and Lambirth, Andrew eds. Understanding Phonics and the Teaching of Reading: A Critical Perspective (pp. 166-190)
ISBN : 335222277 | Publisher : McGraw Hill | Published : Berkshire, UK
Drama teaching (2007)
Cremin, Teresa
In: Cremin, Teresa and Dombey, Henrietta eds. Handbook of Primary English in Initial Teacher Education (pp. 115-128)
ISBN : 9781897638371 | Publisher : UKLA/NATE | Published : Cambridge, UK
Developing creative learning through possibility thinking with children aged 3-7 (2007)
Craft, A.; Cremin, T.; Burnard, P. and Chappell, K.
In: Craft, A.; Cremin, T. and Burnard, P. eds. Creative Learning 3-11 and How We Document It
ISBN : 9781858564104 | Publisher : Trentham | Published : London, UK
Planning with short stories (2006-01)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Lambirth, Andrew ed. Planning Creative Literacy Lessons (pp. 46-64)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-280-7 | Publisher : David Fulton | Published : London, UK
Creativity in the primary curriculum (2006)
Grainger, Teresa and Barnes, Jonathan
In: Arthur, James; Grainger, Teresa and Wray, David eds. Learning to Teach in the Primary School (pp. 209-225)
ISBN : 978-0-415-35928-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Creativity in the Curriculum (2006)
Grainger, Teresa and Barnes, Jonathan
In: Arthur, James and Grainger, Teresa eds. Learning to Teach in the Primary School (pp. 209-225)
ISBN : 978-0-415-35928-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Teachers as Writers (2005)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Pandis, M.; Ward, A. and Matthews, S. R. eds. Reading, Writing and Thinking: Proceedings of the 13th European Conference On Reading (pp. 87-99)
ISBN : 087207594X | Publisher : International Reading Association | Published : Estonia
Motivating young writers to write with purpose and pleasure (2005)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Goodwin, Prue ed. The Literate Classroom (pp. 79-89)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-318-7 | Publisher : David Fulton | Published : London, UK
Drama and writing: enlivening their prose (2004-01-01)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Goodwin, Prue ed. Literacy through Creativity (pp. 91-104)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-087-2 | Publisher : David Fulton | Published : London, UK
Drama and spiritual development (2004)
Grainger, T. and Kendall-Seatter, S.
In: Dowling, C. and Scarlett, G. eds. Encyclopaedia of Spiritual and Religious Development in Childhood and adolescence (pp. 272-280)
ISBN : 761928839 | Publisher : Sage | Published : Thousand Oaks
Exploring the Unknown: drama, ambiguity and meaning making (2003)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Bearne, Eve; Dombey, Henrietta and Grainger, Teresa eds. Classroom Interactions in Literacy (pp. 105-114)
ISBN : 978-0-335-21385-6 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham, UK
Storytelling: the missing link in storywriting (2002)
Grainger, Teresa
In: Ellis, Sue and Mills, Colin eds. Connecting, Creating: New Ideas in Teaching Writing (pp. 21-34)
ISBN : 9781897638262 | Publisher : United Kingdom Reading Association | Published : Royston
Teaching English Creatively (2nd edition) (2015-04-29)
Cremin, Teresa ed.
Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series
ISBN : 978-1-13-878701-8 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
International Handbook of Research on Children's Literacy, Learning and Culture (2013-04-19)
Hall, K.; Cremin, T.; Comber, B. and Moll, L. eds.
ISBN : 9780470975978 | Publisher : Wiley | Published : Oxford
Learning to Teach in the Primary School (2006-06)
Arthur, James and Grainger, Teresa eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-35928-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
Examining possibility thinking in action in early years settings (2007)
Grainger, Teresa; Craft, Anna and Burnard, Pamela
In : Imaginative Education Research Symposium (12 - 15 July 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Evaluation Report of Prospero’s Island: an Immersive Approach to Literacy at Key Stage 3. (2016-02-25)
Cremin, Teresa; Swann, Joan; Colvert, Angela and Oliver, Lucy
Hackney Learning Trust, London .
Teachers as Writers: Implications for Identity (2014-07)
Cremin, Teresa and Baker, Sally
PETAA, Sydney: Australia .
Evaluation Report of MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Storyacting (2013-07-14)
Cremin, Teresa; Swann, Joan; Flewitt, Rosie; Faulkner, Dorothy and Kucirkova, Natalia
MakeBelieveArts/The Open University
Report to Carnegie UK Trust and CILIP on a two-stage study of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme (2012-11)
Cremin, Teresa and Swann, Joan
CILIP
Languages and Learning at Key Stage 2: A Longitudinal Study Final Report (2010-01)
Cable, C.; Driscoll, P.; Mitchell, R.; Sing, S.; Cremin, T.; Earl, J.; Eyres, I.; Holmes, B.; Martin, C. and Heins, B.
Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK.
Teachers as readers: Building communities of readers (2009)
Cremin, T.; Mottram, M.; Collins, F.; Powell, S. and Safford, K.
UKLA, UK.