Creativity in the Classroom (Book)

Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This volume contests the current higher educational paradigm of using objectives and outcomes as ways to measure learning. Instead, the contributors propose approaches to learning that draw upon the creative arts and humanities, including cinema, literature, dance, drama and visual art.  


Paul McIntosh is a research fellow in the Centre for Medical Education at Queen Mary University London.

Digby Warren is a university learning and teaching coordinator and program leader for the master's program in learning and teaching in higher education at London Metropolitan University.

Introduction: The Current Educational Climate: Why the Creative Arts and Humanities are so Important to Creativity and Learning in the Classroom – Paul McIntosh

PART I: Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom 

Chapter 1: Using the Creative Arts for Collaboration – Babs Anderson and Jo Albin-Clark

Chapter 2: Introducing Arts-based Inquiry into Medical Education: ‘Exploring the Creative Arts in Health and Illness’ – Louise Younie

PART II: Using Performance 

Chapter 3: Using Cinema to Enhance the Relevance of Economics to Students’ Lives – Gherardo Girardi

Chapter 4: Fascinatin’ Rhythm: Tapping into Themes of Leadership and Management by Making Music – Dave Griffiths

Chapter 5: A Dramatic Approach to Teaching Applied Ethics – Craig Duckworth

PART III: Using Poetry 

Chapter 6: Using Poetry to Create Conditions for Dialogue in a Postgraduate Course on Managing Diversity – Christina Schwabenland

Chapter 7: Teaching and Using Poetry in Healthcare – Clare Hopkinson

Chapter 8: Gaining a Wider Perspective on Life in Medical Education – Mark Rickenbach

PART IV: Using Imagery 

Chapter 9: Beyond Words: Surfacing Self in End-of-life Care Using Image-making – Sue Spencer

Chapter 10: Fashion Students Engaging in Iconic Designs in a Business World – Ruth Marciniak, Debbie Holley and Caroline Dobson-Davies

Chapter 11: Storytelling and Cycles of Development – Karen Stuart

Chapter 12: Developing Refl ective Learning Journals – Audrey Beaumont

Chapter 13: The Overlooked: Landscapes, Artistry and Teaching – Paul Key

Chapter 14: Mirror Mirror: Experiential Workshops Exploring ‘Self’ in Social Work Education and Practice – Debbie Amas, Judy Hicks and Roxanna Anghel

Chapter 15: The Labyrinth: A Journey of Discovery – Jan Sellers

PART V: Learning Technologies and Assessment 

Chapter 16: Alternatives to the Essay: Creative Ways of Presenting Work for Assessment – Emma Bond and Jessica Clark

Chapter 17: Creativity-mediated Training, Social Networks and Practitioner Enquiry in Higher Education – Jouaquin Paredes, Agustin De La Herran and Daniel Velazquez

Conclusion: Arts-based Inquiry as Learning in Higher Education: Purposes, Processes and Responses – Digby Warren

'The chapters provide great ideas for teachers to enliven their sessions and modules ... By aiming to close the gap between academic learning and professional application the writers have shown how an imaginative approach has real, practical and lasting value.'

International Professional Development Association, Professor Kit Field
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