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Mapping creativity in higher education in Ireland

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Mapping Creativity in Higher Education in Ireland

Friday 5th March 2010 10.00-4.00

St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin


This event is part of joint Waterford Institute of Technology and Queens University Belfast initiative funded by AISHE (All-Ireland Society for Higher Education) to develop a special interest group on creativity in higher education in Ireland.






10.00 - 10.30               Registration and coffee



10.30 - 11.00   Introduction: Ned Costello, CEO Irish Universities Association



11.00 - 11.45   Keynote address: Professor Norman Jackson, University of Surrey


Recognising Students' Creativity through a Lifewide Curriculum

Creativity as an outcome of higher education is often more by accident then design. All too often curricular designs and assessment requirements ignore or inhibit students’ creative development and self-expression. The will to be creative usually stems from a deep intrinsic motivation inspired by the personal choices people are able to make. Perhaps if we viewed the curriculum from the perspective of the learner as the designer of their own life experience, we would have more chance of embracing, supporting and recognising their creative will and enterprise. The presentation will explore the idea of a life-wide curriculum as a way of embracing, recognising and valuing students’ creativity.

Powerpoint slides simplified handout

PDF Final presentation



12.00 - 1.00  Presentations by participants: These will include:



1.                  Creativity in the classroom: from an intuitive approach to an informed approach

Catherine Lowry O’Neill, WIT

2.                  Creativity in Education? or education in creativity?

Sean Rattigan, AIT

3.                  Creativity in Education: classroom drama

Kate McCarthy, WIT

4.                  The relation of creativity to plurilingualism

Aine Furlong, WIT 

5.                  Literacy links to science in teacher education

Ivor Hickey, St Mary’s University College Belfast

6.                  Revisualising reflective practice in higher education using creative methods

Shelley Tracey, QUB

7.                  Myths and Misconceptions

Iain McLaren, NUIG

8.                  The Muddy Field : analogical creative thinking

Anne Jordan, WIT 

9.                  As time goes by: creativity and student epistemological development

Orison Carlile, WIT 

10.              Learning creativity: the student perspective

Robert Carlile, UCC                   


Please note that there are still slots available in this session for potential presenters. Please contact s.tracey@qub.ac.uk or ajordan@wit.ie with your title and your preference for a 10-minute or 20-minute slot


1.00 -   2.00                 Lunch


2.00 –  3.00                 Workshops: mapping creativity


Groupwork: using creative problem-solving methods.


 3.00 – 4.00                  Final plenary session: Feedback from workshops, comments, recommendations for the future, planning






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