A COMPUTER SUPPORTED APPROACH TOWARDS COLLABORATIVE AND CREATIVE MUSICALITY IN THE CLASSROOM



This project investigated social learning theories and models of the creative process, in order to find ways of encouraging children to think creatively in the classroom, and to explore new ways in which technology might facilitate this. A generative framework for creative learning was developed which draws on creativity theory and which can be applied to the design of classroom-based materials and the design of educational software. Wallas’s four-stage model was adapted as the fundamental basis for this generative framework (Wallas, 1926) with the processes of preparation, generation and evaluation represented laterally across the framework. In order to demonstrate how the framework can be applied in software design, an educational program called SoundScape was designed. SoundScape is a creative- collaborative music composition program. The SoundScape system was tested by 96 school children (aged 11 years) in music composition tasks. The generative framework presents an approach towards advancing educational materials through technology by considering the creative process in any domain. The framework has been developed to encourage a more HCI-centred approach towards the design of systems focused on supporting and encouraging creativity. (Sylvia Truman, Paul Mulholland).