AISHE Workshop Mapping Creativity In Higher Education In Ireland, 5th March 2010

AISHE Workshop
Mapping Creativity In Higher Education In Ireland


Friday 5th March 2010, 10.00am-4.00pm


The Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin

For Whom?

Professionals in all disciplines in higher education who are interested in creativity in HE

This event is part of a joint WIT and QUB initiative funded by AISHE (All-Ireland Society for Higher Education) to develop a special interest group on creativity in higher education in Ireland.


10.00 – 10.30. Registration and coffee

10.30 – 11.00. Introduction: Ned Costello, CEO Irish Universities Association

11.00 – 11.45. Keynote address: Professor Norman Jackson, University of Surrey

Recognising Students’ Creativity through a Lifewide Curriculum

Creativity as an outcome of higher education is often more by accident than design. All too often curricular designs and assessment requirements ignore or inhibit students’ creative development and self-expression. The will to be creative usually stems from a deep intrinsic motivation inspired by the personal choices people are able to make. Perhaps if we viewed the curriculum from the perspective of the learner as the designer of their own life experience, we would have more chance of embracing, supporting and recognising their creative will and enterprise. The presentation will explore the idea of a life-wide curriculum as a way of embracing, recognising and valuing students’ creativity.

12.00 – 1.00. Presentations by participants: These will include:

  1. Creativity in the classroom: from an intuitive approach to an informed approachCatherine Lowry O’Neill, WIT
  2. Creativity in Education? or education in creativity?Sean Rattigan, AIT
  3. Creativity in Education: classroom dramaKate McCarthy, WIT
  4. The relation of creativity to plurilingualismAine Furlong, WIT
  5. Literacy links to science in teacher educationIvor Hickey, St Mary’s University College Belfast
  6. Revisualising reflective practice in higher education using creative methodsShelley Tracey, QUB
  7. Myths and MisconceptionsIain McLaren, NUIG
  8. The Muddy Field : analogical creative thinkingAnne Jordan, WIT
  9. As time goes by: creativity and student epistemological developmentOrison Carlile, WIT
  10. Learning creativity: the student perspectiveRobert Carlile, UCC

Please note that there are still slots available in this session for potential presenters. Please contact or with your title and your preference for a 10-minute or 20-minute slot.

1.00 – 2.00. Lunch

2.00 – 3.00. Workshops: mapping creativity

Groupwork: using creative problem-solving methods.

3.00 – 4.00. Final plenary session: Feedback from workshops, comments, recommendations for the future, planning


Ned Costello is the Chief Executive of the Irish University Association, with particular responsibility for issues impacting on third and fourth level research and innovation in Ireland. He is a representative on the Irish Expert Group on Future Skills Needs which recently published the report entitled `Creativity, Design and Innovation’ (2009). His interests include music, the creative arts and competitive cycling.

Norman Jackson is Professor of Higher Education and Director of the University of Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE). One of the aims of the Centre is to support the development of students as critical and creative enquirers – an important aspect of the creative personal agency necessary to be a successful professional. Prior to this Norman was a Senior Adviser in the Higher Education Academy and the Learning and Teaching Support Network Generic Centre where, in 2001 he initiated the imaginative curriculum network which helped develop new understandings of creativity in higher education and the ways in which students’ creative development is supported and encouraged. Some of this work was published in a book by Routledge-Falmer, `Developing Creativity in Higher Education: an imaginative curriculum.’ He is currently developing the idea of a life-wide curriculum as a means of encouraging and facilitating students’ creative development and a Creative Academy as a means of encouraging creative teachers to invent new designs to foster learners’ creativity.

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