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Creativities in Education


Creativities as Spaces of Resistance and Anna Craft Memorial Lecture
Friday 1 July, 10.30 – 6.30, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

As we emerge from a period of dominantly virtual events, this face to face seminar aims to inspire and provoke conversations and action between delegates. This has developed in response to previous SIG events and to the provocation document ‘Creativity in 21st century education; where how and what next’. These activities identified a number of areas in which we could do better including:

  • Connecting creative research and practice to global challenges and wicked problems
  • Pushing for creative changes to school systems
  • Increasing diversity and voice in creativity research and practice

This event provides a rare space in which to recognise the need for social and constructive resistance; it brings together champions to lead this work, to inspire and enable participants to reflect and debate together, to share interests and to develop projects and plans for the future.

The seminar will feature dialogues and activities from Richard Hayhow (Open Theatre), Professor Kevin Moffat (University of Warwick), Jo Clifton (Curriculum lead, The Elliot Foundation Academy Trust).

The day will culminate with the annual Anna Craft Memorial Lecture to be given by Veronica Jobbins, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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This SIG offers a space for researchers, policy makers and practitioners located in a wide variety of settings, to discuss and interact on matters of interest pertinent to creativity in education. Recent debates within the SIG have emerged around evolving methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, post-qualitative), the related influences of new epistemologies on creativity in education, and how policy drives the manifestation of practice (cf. impending PISA creativity module 2021).

The SIG organises seminars and symposia both at BERA and in a variety of university sites. As part of this, it celebrates the work of one of the SIG founders, Professor Anna Craft, who is no longer with us. This includes the SIG’s own Anna Craft Award, given annually at the BERA conference for the best abstract. The SIG welcomes colleagues undertaking both conceptual and empirical exploration on a wide range of topics. The SIG promotes and embraces interdisciplinary research and debate, and welcomes colleagues from any disciplinary area, working in any phase of education. We are always keen to forge strong and catalytic relationships between research, policy and practice.

The SIG aims to create a supportive network, where early career and experienced researchers can join in critical debate and develop links with other creativity and education networks.

Twitter: @CreativeEdBERA

SIG Convenors

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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Jo Trowsdale is Associate Professor, Arts, Creativity and Education in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Jo has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role...

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Victoria Kinsella, Dr

Senior Research fellow in Education at Birmingham City University

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various...

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Kerry Chappell, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Exeter

Dr Kerry Chappell is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter University, where she leads the MA creative arts in education programme. She also leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network, within which her...

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