Picture of sea vessel plough through rough maritime conditions

Innovations in marine technology, pioneered through Open Access research...

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering based within the Faculty of Engineering.

Research here explores the potential of marine renewables, such as offshore wind, current and wave energy devices to promote the delivery of diverse energy sources. Expertise in offshore hydrodynamics in offshore structures also informs innovations within the oil and gas industries. But as a world-leading centre of marine technology, the Department is recognised as the leading authority in all areas related to maritime safety, such as resilience engineering, collision avoidance and risk-based ship design. Techniques to support sustainability vessel life cycle management is a key research focus.

Explore the Open Access research of the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

Exploring children's creative play with traditional and technological construction resources

Arnott, Lorna and Grogan, Deirdre and Duncan, Pauline (2014) Exploring children's creative play with traditional and technological construction resources. In: 24th European Early Childhood Educational Research Association Conference, 2014-09-07 - 2014-09-10, Greece.

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

This paper compares children's creative play with traditional and motorised (technological) construction resources. It draws on evidence from a recent pilot study that explores 3- to 5-year-old children's creativity with technologies in early years centres in Scotland. In doing so it responds to the apparent dearth of empirical knowledge about the link between creativity and children’s toys, resources and playroom artefacts. The work is grounded in Contextualism, which explores everyday practices in context. Children’s creativity was observed across two early educational settings over a three-month period. Manual and video observations, as well as traditional child-centred methods provided insights into children’s creative processes. Ethical approval was granted, informed consent was obtained from parents/guardians and practitioners and assent was inferred from children. Findings demonstrated that different types of construction resources, in our case natural/traditional versus motorised (technological), may shape how children use the resources, what is created, the likelihood of them seeking assistance, and their creative design. Children appeared to need an external stimulus to guide their creative play with motorised construction resource, related to the perceived ‘correct’ tangible output associated with these resources. Alternatively children using traditional/natural construction resources demonstrated greater instances of imagination, creating a wide range of outputs without any external stimulus required. The importance of deconstruction as a form of creative exploration offered a point of commonality between both kinds of resources. Thus, this paper explores how the affordances of these resources, as part of the learning environment, shaped children’s creative processes.