Creative Project-Based Learning

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What is the role of collective creativity in 21st-century learning? How can we embrace inclusive spaces in school to listen to children's voices? How do children feel about their learning? Watch this webinar to learn about the project-based learning approach, which involves creativity and meaningful learning and relates to children’s lived experiences.

9 November 2020 | Duration: 61 minutes

What was this webinar about?

This webinar will talk about empirical research by The Story Makers Company, a social enterprise at Leeds Beckett University that uses drama and creative writing processes to create storytelling experiences with marginalised children. It will showcase how the project-based learning approach can help to reengage young learners by building their confidence, developing their emotional literacy and creating an imaginative community they part of.


Lisa Stephenson, Tom Dobson: Story Makers Company

Speaker panel

Lisa Stephenson

Lisa Stephenson is a  Course Leader MA Drama & Creative Writing in Education and Director and Founder of Story Makers Company. Lisa Stephenson's specialist research area is creative pedagogy. As a former primary teacher and drama specialist, she works in partnership with schools, artists and communities to develop critical spaces for young voices. Being Director of the Story Makers Company and ITE lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, her research focuses on the use of drama pedagogy in areas such as social change, affective learning, critical pedagogy, children's well-being and ethical citizenship.

Tom Dobson

Tom Dobson is a Course Director for Masters degrees in the School of Education, Tom is a former secondary school teacher whose research interest focuses on creative writing and identity. Tom teaches creative writing pedagogy on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Education. Tom has published widely in relationship to creative writing and identity and this year he has been working on a United Kingdom Literacy Association sponsored project. The key finding of this project is that drama gives primary school pupils more agency with their creative writing at a time when school writing is restricted by policy and testing.

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