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3: Evaluating creativity

Much of this book hinges on the premise that schooling can have a positive impact on children's creativity. If we can claim this strongly then it is more likely that teaching which develops children's creative potential will become an educational, social and political imperative. To establish that school makes a difference we might hope to witness creative thought and action in the classroom on a regular basis, yet how can we reconcile this with the idea that creativity produces the unexpected? The importance of evaluation in understanding children's learning and the roles of the teacher and child in this process need to be considered.