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Funded PhD: Creators in the classroom, University of Glasgow
Deadline: Mon 23 May 2022
The University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, and the Scottish Book Trust are seeking a doctoral student for an AHRC and The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award, ‘Creators in the classroom: developing writing for pleasure, and future writers, in Scottish primary schools.’

According to National Literacy Trust (NLT) research, children’s engagement with, and enjoyment of, writing is at the lowest level in a decade. However, research conducted pre- and during lockdown found that young people (8-18-years-old) engaged with creative writing more in lockdown than they did previously.

This growth in writing activity was, according to the youth participants, partly due to increased time and space to think and generate ideas. Additionally, these creative writing activities helped the participants deal with, and process, feelings of anxiety and uncertainty around the pandemic.

Whilst the more technical aspects of writing (e.g. grammar, spelling, handwriting) are typically taught in a formal school setting as part of an increasingly narrow and instrumentalist understanding of literacy, the more creative and collaborative aspects of writing are often relegated to informal education spaces or enacted through voluntary workshops/activities.

This project will forefront a Writing for Pleasure (WfP) pedagogy which involves children engaging with authors, storytellers, poets, and other creatives/artists and their processes within schools.

This project aims to provide a robust evidence base for the examination of creative writing with children. It will contribute to current understandings of children’s creativity by exploring if/how artist-led creative writing workshops/residencies can promote WfP cultures in Scottish schools, independent WfP in primary school children, and create a pipeline for future authors, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in the creative industries.

For full details and to apply, click here

The deadline is Monday 23 May 2022 at 17:00.

Additional Information:

Contact Information:
University of Glasgow
Contact Name:
Melanie RamdarshanBold
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