Is Creativity Teachable? Conceptualising the Creativity/Pedagogy Relationship in Higher Education

McWilliam, Erica L. (2007) Is Creativity Teachable? Conceptualising the Creativity/Pedagogy Relationship in Higher Education. In 30th HERDSA Annual Conference : Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide.


Can creativity be taught? If so, what should university teachers be doing if it is to be added to a burgeoning list of graduate outcomes for which we take pedagogical responsibility? This paper argues the importance of engaging with this issue in higher education at this time. It does so by exploring reasons for the growing interest in creativity as a learning outcome, elaborating key imperatives in the post-millennial ideational and policy context. The paper then moves to consider questions of the teachability of creativity and the pedagogical implications of this. In doing, the author makes a case that, while it may not be possible or desirable to render all aspects of student creativity calculable as learning outcomes, creativity can be better understood and mobilized in all disciplines through newly emergent learning cultures and forms of pedagogical work.

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ID Code: 15508
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 0908557728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:57

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