Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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The unbearable lightness of creativity

ALTERNATIVE TITLE: IMAGINING A FEAR OF THE DARK

25 February 2015



This presentation will be based largely around the author’s experiences of and reflections upon leading arts education within a large program of primary teacher education in the Republic of Ireland. It will dwell upon a number of interesting debates and challenges that emerged over that period of time, including those brought about by fundamental changes in program of teacher education as well as the institutional context within which it was taking place. Of particular interest is how the arts dealt with those changes.

The presentation will also reflect upon the changing discourse of education in the context of creativity arguably becoming part of the lingua franca. It will look at the ramifications of the expectation of creativity as a learning outcome of program of teacher education, without the structures necessarily being in place in order to enable it. The presenter will seek to identify and explore how the nature and tensions of creativity each need to be understood within a system before creative learning or learning-in-creativity can come about.

Finally, the presentation will look to some ongoing research work being carried out by the speaker and some colleagues exploring how student teachers make sense of these debates, and what their experiences and thoughts are on becoming a teacher of arts education.

Event details

  • When: 4–5.30pm
  • Where:

    Lecture Theatre 424, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: FREE but online registration is essential
  • RSVP: Closing date – February 24.
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  • Speaker: Dr Michael Finneran is a senior lecturer in drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. He is currently seconded from his position as Head of the Department of Arts Education & Physical Education to lead a new academic centre in applied drama and theatre. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a member of the editorial board and the reviews editor of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance. Dr Finneran's research interests lie in drama education, applied theatre, critical theory, social justice and teacher education. He is currently co-editing a book on drama and social justice with Dr Kelly Freebody from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, as well as writing a book about education and theatres to be published. Dr Finneran hsa been invited to speak in Australia, New Zealand and the US. He was academic director for the International Drama in Education Research Institute Conference, held in Limerick in July 2012, and is a member of the Republic of Ireland's National Council for Curriculum & Assessment Board for Early Childhood & Primary Education. Dr Finneran works regularly with the Arts Council of Ireland; is a practising theatre artist; and a board member of Limerick’s newest professional venue, the Lime Tree Theatre, which he helped to establish in 2012.

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The unbearable lightness of creativity

Where Lecture Theatre 424, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

25 February 2015


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