Paul Gorman and Katherine Morley asked some key questions about creativity in education in their thought provoking keynote at the Aberdeen Learning Festival last week which we thought we would share here as food for thought in the run up to the CreativiTEA Rooms and the Arts Across Learning Festival:
- “So what’s this thing called creativity and how can we best capture its power in the learning environment?”
- “Can creativity help me see things differently?”
- “Will creativity allow me to find new approaches to the challenges we face?”
- “Does creativity emerge from a shared experience or a new influence?”
- “Can we practice and get better at being creative?”
Their presentation looked at the challenges we all face in taking risks, changing practice and using creativity in different teaching contexts, and they noted that it’s impossible to have a unified application of creativity in education, but offered suggestions of what it might look like:
- Experimenting more
- Adventuring into the unknown
- Risk taking and failing
- Placing value on the experience
They also shared some useful links from a variety of sources, more food for thought…..
The Arts Across Learning Festival starts tomorrow and the CreativiTEA Rooms will be open Mon – Thurs 4 – 6 pm until 20 March. Come down to find out more about the festival and to chat with other artists, teachers, gallery educators and education practitioners of all stripes, about creativity in education or just about the cake. Hope to see you there!