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Monday, 14 July 2014

Track K - Trust Creativity, Create Trust - Faith Dillon Lee and Alexandra Pitt (LSS/LDU)

Faith Dillon Lee and Alexandra Pitt (LDU) were exploring the linked subjects of creativity and trust. Their stated aims included ‘barriers and pathways to creativity’. We started with a good discussion (in pairs) around the Socrates quote “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel”, which everyone really got into. They then introduced the concept of collocations: eg creative writing, creative arts, creative method. One contributor offered the thought that creative = edgy. Discussion was wide-ranging, reaching out to the ‘cult of genius’ - world changing but not necessary for the good. In discussing barriers there were some good quotes from students: “… but I am not very creative”; “am I allowed to do that?”. Faith and Alexandra suggested that we need to develop communication strategies to create trust. Then provided some trust scenarios as examples of learning, which we discussed in the round.

Report by Steve Chilton, Lead Academic Developer, Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement

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