Developing Young Children's Creativity Through the Arts: What does research have to offer?

Caroline Sharp

14 February 2001

In September 2000, the Arts Council of England commissioned the NFER to carry out a scoping exercise into creativity and child development. The intention was to undertake an exploration of the field, rather than a detailed literature review.

This paper sets out to provide an overview of the current state of research and thinking on the relationship between the arts and creative development in young children (aged three to six years). The main purpose of the exercise was to identify issues, gaps and priorities for further research.

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