Creative Little Scientists ran from 2011 to 2014. The project received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 289081.
You can find out more about this research by reading the executive summaries:
The text for this web site is drawn and adapted from these project reports.
Key academic papers prepared by researchers at the Open University include:
Cremin, Teresa; Glauert, Esme; Craft, Anna; Compton, Ashley and Styliandou , Fani (2015). Creative little scientists: exploring pedagogical synergies between inquiry-based and creative approaches in Early Years science. Education 3-13, 43(4) pp. 404–419.
Milne, I and Cremin, T. (2016) Creative Exploration in Davies, D. (2016) (2nd edn) Teaching Science Creatively London, Routledge.
You can explore aspects of the project in more detail via the ‘deliverables’ section of the Creative Little Scientists project web site. Here you will find two reports which contain more detailed examples of classroom practice and suggestions for training:
Ways of extending teacher education and professional development are now being developed by the follow-on project Creativity in Early Years Science Education (CEYS). This is developing practical training materials which draw of the findings from the Creative Little Scientists project.