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Creativity: concepts, practise and identity in education settings

19 March 2015

This three-part presentation is sponsored by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work's Arts and Creative Education Research Network which has invited renowned New Zealand researchers Terry and Millie Locke to discuss some of the findings from their studies of creativity in education settings: how it is promoted, what effect it has on students, and how it can change teachers' ideas about themselves.

Millie's specialist topic is the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music, which uses songs, movement, rhymes, clapping games, poetry and stories drawn from the imaginative and cultural world of the child. Her talk – "Engagement with the Schulwerk: Transformation in the professional identity of classroom music teachers" – will be based largely on her doctoral research which, among other things, investigated critically the place of the Orff Schulwerk in the Aotearoa New Zealand context. This case study research explored the various ways in which nine teachers understood and implemented Orff principles and practices in their own classroom situations, focusing in particular on the perceived professional transformations of these teachers.

Drawing on interview and focus-group data, questionnaires, observations and post-observation conversations, Millie's research reported on a range of themes related to professional identity and practice including, but not limited to, a sense of fit with the Schulwerk; teacher as facilitator of active music-making; teacher as musician; teacher as composer; teacher identity as 'work in progress'; and teacher as participant in a collegial network. Each of these themes will be discussed and some implications drawn for both teacher education and music education as classroom practice at a time when the arts appear to be marginalised in a range of educational settings.

Terry Locke's talk will begin by considering the term “creativity”, including its history as a concept and some contemporary understandings of it. Terry says he will argue that the term can be thought of as both a human capacity or potential and also a process.

"It is a term with different facets, in its relationship to ideas such as 'play', 'innovation' and 'pleasure'," he says. Terry will then focus on creativity-in-education, and how (and why!) it needs to be encouraged in the current political climate surrounding curriculum policy and design, as well as the construction of subjects and disciplinary literacies.

The talk will feature Terry sharing some experiences related to a range of case studies in secondary schools which, while overtly concerned with writing across the curriculum, have something interesting to say about how creativity, in all its senses, has a role to play in transforming teacher and student identity. Terry says he plans for the talk to be interactive, and for his remarks to stimulate a dialogue with those attending the event. The event will conclude with the Australian launch of Terry's newest book of poetry, Ranging Around the Zero.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm
  • Where:

    Room 612, 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 – March 17.
    Click the blue 'REGISTER' button once after filling in the form and wait for the screen to refresh. You will receive a confirmation email.

  • Speakers: Professor Terry Locke is Professor of Arts and English Language Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Since 2002, he has been coordinating editor of English Teaching: Practice and Critique. Professor Locke is a published poet and has a strong interest in arts education and arts advocacy.

    Millie Locke has been primary teacher for more than 25 years and has specialised in teaching music for about 15 years. She has also taught tertiary courses at both Auckland and Waikato Universities. She completed her levels training at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her masters thesis was on the topic of teaching as artistry.


Creativity: concepts, practise and identity in education settings

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


19 March 2015

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