Creativity and learning events

Beighton, C. (2013) Creativity and learning events. In: Chaos, Creativity, and Connections in Social Science Research, University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This paper reports on my attempt to complement dominant ideas about creativity in education.

Working from the perspective of teacher education, a central tenet of my argument is that creativity must engage with chaotic forces and complex models of emergence to reflect complex learning Events. This, I suggest, involves a radical challenge to some commonly-held views of creativity by critiquing a reliance on individualism, productivity and contingent values. These represent conceptual barriers to creativity in the complex ecology of lifelong learning, which I define as an open system.

However, it also draws constructively on ideas from anthropologist Tim Ingold and philosopher Gilles Deleuze to sketch a processual model of creativity in learning. Briefly stated, I argue that top-down “product” models of creativity can be complemented by a bottom–up “process” model on condition that practices which engage with the material forces of chaos can be identified and used in learning situations. The position is derived from a form of relational materialism which identifies creativity as an operator of new connections rather than as a producer of useful objects.

To do this, I look to practices in aesthetics to identify the deployment of improvisation, chance and error as the micro skills of a material engagement with chaos. The identification of these micro skills, I suggest, allows us to define ways in which everyday practices of pedagogy (e.g. inquiry / problem-based pedagogy) and research (e.g. creative / collaborative writing) can benefit from this creative engagement with chaos and complexity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Education > Post-Compulsory Education
Depositing User: Dr Christian Beighton
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 14:18
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:11
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12175

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