Lisa Stephenson – Story making as a pedagogy of belonging

About the Session

What do we mean by culturally responsive teaching? What does it look like in classroom practice? During this workshop we will explore the power of story making, sharing practical examples of drama and creative arts strategies that we use to create a sense of community, belonging and active citizenship with children. We will focus on research from our story project with British Pakistani girls in Year 5, critically reflecting on the implications of wider curriculum spaces for this approach to teaching and learning.

About Lisa

Lisa Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in the school of Education at Leeds Beckett University. She is Course Leader for the MA Creativity in Education and teaches creative arts and drama for learning across Initial Teacher Education, drawing on her prior experience as a primary school teacher and senior leader. She is founder of Story Makers Company and Story Makers Press, a practice-based research collaborative at Leeds Beckett University.

Her research and practice explore the way in which drama and creative processes can activate children’s holistic learning, wellbeing, and critical thinking. Lisa is currently leading a two-year research project with teachers across Bradford, integrating creative pedagogy across the curriculum through story to support children’s oracy and communication. She is also co-investigator in a Pan-European project which seeks to transfer the knowledge of artists to teachers and parents in order to boost children’s wellbeing and creativity. Lisa works extensively with a wide range of Artist Educators, schools, communities, marginalised young people and cultural organisations, developing research opportunities in areas of social change and intercultural learning through the creative arts pedagogy.

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