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Creativity in the Classroom

Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This volume contests the current higher educational paradigm of using objectives and outcomes as ways to measure learning. Instead, the contributors propose approaches to learning that draw upon the creative arts and humanities, including cinema, literature, dance, drama, and visual art. Such approaches, they argue, can foster deeper learning, even in subjects not normally associated with these forms of creativity. Drawing on their own practical experience in developing new educational methods, the contributors embody a refreshing alternative perspective on teaching, learning, and assessment.

284 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013

Art: Art--General Studies

Education: Education--General Studies

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"What is unique is that the teaching techniques described, and analysed relate to teaching and learning in very different subject areas, such as medicine, health related programmes, teacher education, social work, and Business Studies. What is fascinating is that the case studies do reveal the real value of the teaching and learning activities in terms of how they help students to understand themselves, their values and beliefs, which they then feel able to apply in their ‘professional’ worlds." 

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Table of Contents

Apologies for absence

Introduction: The Current Educational Climate: Why the Creative Arts and Humanities are so Important to Creativity and Learning in the Classroom
      Paul McIntosh
Part I: Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom
1. Using the Creative Arts for Collaboration
      Babs Anderson and Jo Albin-Clark
2. Introducing Arts-based Inquiry into Medical Education: ‘Exploring the Creative Arts in Health and Illness’
      Louise Younie
Part II: Using Performance
3. Using Cinema to Enhance the Relevance of Economics to Students’ Lives
      Gherardo Girardi
4. Fascinatin’ Rhythm: Tapping into Themes of Leadership and Management by Making Music
      Dave Griffiths
5. A Dramatic Approach to Teaching Applied Ethics
      Craig Duckworth
Part III: Using Poetry
6. Using Poetry to Create Conditions for Dialogue in a Postgraduate Course on Managing Diversity
      Christina Schwabenland
7. Teaching and Using Poetry in Healthcare
      Clare Hopkinson
8. Gaining a Wider Perspective on Life in Medical Education
      Mark Rickenbach
Part IV: Using Imagery
9. Beyond Words: Surfacing Self in End-of-life Care Using Image-making
      Sue Spencer
10. Fahsion Students Engaging in Iconic Designs in a Business World
      Ruth Marciniak, Debbie Holley and Caroline Dobson-Davies
11. Storytelling and Cycles of Development
      Karen Stuart
12. Developing Reflective Learning Journals
      Audrey Beaumont
13. The Overlooked: Landscapes, Artistry and Teaching
      Paul Key
14. Mirror Mirror: Experiential Workshops Exploring ‘Self’ in Social Work Education and Practice
      Debbie Amas, Judy Hicks, and Roxanna Anghel
15. The Labyrinth: A Journey of Discovery
      Jan Sellers
Part V: Learning Technologies and Assessment
16. Alternatives to the Essay: Creative Ways of Presenting Work for Assessment
      Emma Bond and Jessica Clark
17. Creativity-mediated Training, Social Networks and Practitioner Enquiry in Higher Education
      Jouaquin Paredes, Agustin De La Herran, and Daniel Velazquez
Conclusion: Arts-based Inquiry as Learning in Higher Education: Purposes, Processes and Responses
      Digby Warren


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