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Creative pedagogies, research and practice in conversations

This online event offered insightful conversations with three creativities in education experts including those with academic and practice-based experience. The conversations focused on how these experts understand learning and teaching of and for creativity. They also brought in their experience of how conceptualisations of creativity and how they are recognised influence this, and what this in turn means for assessment and policy.

The event renewed focus on the dialogues between and diversity of academic and practitioner-based research to consider how these benefit learners progress in relation to creativities.  The key topics will be shared publicly with event participants in advance in order to enable the most productive debates to occur in breakout room sessions after the conversations. With an eye to equality of contribution, these will also inform how organisers, contributors and participants can take responses to these questions forward in blogs and sharings after the event.

We are delighted to be collaborating on this event with the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation ( and the Global Institute of Creative Thinking ( enabling us to reach international scholars and practitioners in the field.


15:30 Welcome and Introduction
Kerry Chappell and Jo Trowsdale
15:40 In Conversation with Professor Dan Harris, RMIT University
16:05 In Conversation with Sarah Childs, Penryn College
16:30 In Conversation with Professor Amanda Gulla, Lehman College, Olu Animashaun and Deirdre Lynn Hollmam, Columbia University 
16:55 Breakout group debates
17:15 Plenary
17:30 Break

Welcome and Introduction to Memorial Lecture
Teresa Cremin, Open University and Sandy Allen, University of Exeter


Anna Craft Memorial Lecture

Creative Ruptions for Emergent Educational Futures
Associate Professor Kerry Chappell, University of Exeter

18:25 Q&A
18:45 Event Close

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Chairs and Speakers

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Kerry Chappell, Professor

Associate Professor at University of Exeter

Associate Professor Dr Kerry Chappell leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational futures Network (CEEN) and the MA Education Creative Arts Programme at University of Exeter. She researches creativity in education in the arts, transdisciplinary...

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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Newman University

Jo Trowsdale is an Honorary Assocaite Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwock. She has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role of the place of...

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Amanda Nicole Gulla, Dr

Professor of English Education at Lehman College/City University of New York

Dr. Amanda Nicole Gulla is a Professor of English Education at Lehman College, and Coordinator of the graduate program in English Education. Her teaching and scholarship are both intimately connected to her work as a poet, as she brings aesthetic...

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Sarah Childs, Mrs

Lead Practitioner at Penryn College

Sarah Childs is a member of the Senior Leadership Team as Lead Practitioner at Penryn College. She leads on the Arts Councils Creativity Collaboratives Programme for the Penryn Partnership working with eight local primary schools. She joined...

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Daniel Harris, Professor

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Daniel Harris (they/them) School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia), is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia), and Co-Director of Creative...

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Deirdre Hollman, Ms

Doctoral Student at Teachers College, Columbia University

Deirdre is a scholar and educator with over twenty years of experience engaging teachers and teens in the study of history, art, and culture. She served as Director of Education and Exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black...

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Oluwaseun Animashaun, Ms

Doctoral Student at Teachers College, Columbia University

Oluwaseun Animashaun is a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as a 6th Grade ELA Teacher. Her current research interests center on pop culture, play, and Black speculative...

Teresa Cremin, Professor

Professor in Education (Literacy) at The Open University

Professor Teresa Cremin is a Professor of Education (Literacy) at The Open University in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. Professor Cremin is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences,(AcSS) the Royal Society of the Arts...

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Zoe Lewis, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University

Dr. Zoe Lewis is a senior lecturer in early years at Birmingham City University. Zoe became a teacher and leader in early years settings after spending over 25 years volunteering as a group leader and outdoor activities adviser with the charity...

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