Creativity in Development: A Higher Education Perspective
This is an open, collaborative writing process and we invite anyone to submit a proposal for a chapter
The most important educational challenge facing all universities, is fundamentally a developmental challenge focused on the question of how we prepare learners for the challenges they will face in their future lives. This contribution this book makes towards understanding this challenge is to examine the role of creativity in developmental processes. This is a matter of concern to everyone involved in the ongoing development of themselves and the development of educational practices, policies, resources and infrastructures that impact on students' learning and development. The multiple perspectives offered in this book have been gained through surveys and interview-based studies. It's value lies in the creation of a more comprehensive picture of this phenomenon amongst people involved in the development of educational practices. Chapters are being published throughout 2015-16. To read published chapters or submit a proposal visit the project website
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Developing Creativity in Higher Education
This book grew out of the Imaginative Curriculum network-based collaborative learning project facilitated by the principal author/editor while working for the Higher Education Academy between 2001-06. It is the first book to systematically address the issue of creativity in higher education. It features:
• an analysis of the problem of creativity in higher education and rich perspectives
on the meanings of creativity in different teaching and subject contexts;
• illustrative examples of teaching and assessement strategies, augmented by
web-based curriculum guides and aids to encourage teachers to examine their own understandings of creativity in order to help students to develop their own creativity;
• practical advice on how to foster creativity at an individual and an institutional level.
The book will appeal to teachers, educational developers and institutional managers who want to enrich the higher-education experiences of their students and enable them to develop more of their potential.
Developing Creativity in Higher Education: An imaginative curriculum is
published by Routledge
Learning for a Complex World
Although this book is not explicitly about students' creative development it is fundamentally bound up with the way they develop through the whole of their lifewide experiences. Students' higher education experience may span three or more years in their lifelong learning journey but during that time they will inhabit many different spaces on and off the campus. In these different spaces they develop relationships, encounter different sorts of challenges, seize or miss opportunities, aspire to live a useful, productive and fulfilled life and seek to achieve their ambitions. By adopting a lifewide approach to education a university can help students be more aware of the significant learning and development they are gaining through such experiences and help them make their education more complete and relevant to their future life. The book provides a rationale, underpinning philosophy, research base and practical examples of learning partnerships that enable lifewide learning to be recognised and valued by a university or college. It will appeal to anyone who is interested and involved in helping students maximise the learning and development they gain from their higher education experience, including their creative development. While the ideas and practices have been developed in a higher education setting they can be readily adapted to other educational contexts.
Learning for a Complex World: A Lifewide Cocept of Learning, Eduvation and Personal Development is published by Authorhouse
Tackling the Wicked Challenge of Strategic Change
The aim of this book is to make better sense of a long, complex, messy, change process through the stories of the people who were involved. Between 2009 and 2012, Southampton Solent University (UK) engaged in an unprecedented and highly complex strategic initiative which ran across the entire institution, its structures, processes and systems; it aimed to produce a fundamental shift in institutional culture. Such an all-embracing approach is rare in universities. Over fifty participants were interviewed during the course of the study and their uniquely personal perspectives have been woven into a compelling story of organisational change. Their perspectives and feelings will resonate with anyone who has tried to bring about significant change in a university. Universities are inherently creative places but too often there is a pervasive inertia that prevents ideas from being turned into new and better practices. This programme aimed to stimulate the creativity of staff and create an organisational culture of innovation. The book will be of particular interest to senior managers and anyone leading significant change or encouraging innovation in teaching and learning in a university.
‘Tackling the Wicked Challenge of Strategic Change: The story of how a university changed itself' is published by Authorhouse.