This paper presents some initial findings from a small scale study undertaken in June 2011 with students from a first year of a Primary Education undergraduate course based in an English university. The findings from this initial study originated from a design challenge day; when the trainees were asked to work with 60 eleven years old pupils and act as mentors to small groups of pupils. The pupils were asked to adopt a design process inspired by design engineers at Dyson and designed and made design prototypes for a new product using air. The data collection methods used were questionnaires with trainees; photographs of pupil outcomes; observations during the day and traineesā reflective diaries.
The evidence suggests that the trainees encountered a number of creativity inhibitors during the day (Fasciato and Rogers 2005) and these were centred on supporting dynamics of pupil groups; risk taking and collaborative interaction.