Reviewing subjects, contexts and identities in science and technology. Understanding “making” as learning across the arts and the sciences

The BERRC Logo (Reviewing the potential)A Commission on Reviewing the potential and challenges of developing STEAM education through creative pedagogies for 21st learning: seminar series


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University of Aberdeen, Sir Duncan Rice Library, seminar room 224

This seminar is the first occasion for an extended dialogue amongst academics from different disciplines, teacher educators, policy-makers and practitioners. Speakers from different disciplines will look at creativity and its role in the development of societies, leading to advancements in both the sciences and the arts. Modern ideas of knowledge as divided into disciplines however have led to a perceptual drift: creativity has become associated with the realm of soft skills pertaining to the arts and set in opposition to the factual, evidence-based nature of scientific development. Arguably such a drift may reveal more profound divisions between the body and the body, emotion and cognition. In this seminar participants will be taken on an exploration of the idea of creativity and how greater awareness of its multiple meanings can lead to new understandings of what counts as knowledge and learning across the arts and sciences.

10.00 – 10.30: Arrival and Coffee

10.30 – 10.45: Official Welcome

10.45 – 11.00: Introduction to this BERA Commission (Dr. Laura Colucci-Gray)

11.00 – 11. 30 Session 1: Changing ideas of science and creativity. Insights from science education. Dr. Donald Gray.

11.30 – 12.00 Session 2: Changing ideas of knowledge and creativity. Insights from Anthropology. Professor Tim Ingold

12.00 – 1.00 Session 3: Provocation: Knowing from the inside – Dr. Jan Van Boeckel

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 2.30 Session 3: Responses from science education –   Dr. Geraldine Mooney

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