Research seminar: Creativity in education

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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Come to see Dr Mark Selkrig speaking about 'Capturing the diverse ways educators talk about and engage with the messy concept of creativity', as part of the 2018 Research Seminar Series.

The College of Arts and Education and ISILC (Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities) present this free lunchtime seminar, on Tuesday 18 September 2018.


Creativity is consistently cited as one of the twenty-first century skills that needs to be embedded at every level of our education systems. However, ways to encourage creativity through formal teaching and learning approaches remains contested. Similarly, how educators understand, discuss and conceptualise the complex concept of creativity are many, varied and messy.

Dr Mark Selkrig considers the diverse notions of creativities that are surfacing in the literature. In this context, he explores the ways in which educators from across the compulsory and post-compulsory education sectors understand, describe and discuss the concept of creativity and how it interacts with their practice.

The data that informs his presentation emerged from two separate studies:

  • A phenomenological case study at a particular P-9 school that involved 30% of the teaching staff as well as the leadership team.
  • A second study that involved over 100 educators from across Australia who work in various sectors of visual art education.

By analysing these educators written, dialogic and discursive responses he has grouped them into a suite of distinctive ‘creative orientations’.

With the imperative that educators—in various sectors and across a range of disciplines—need to promote creativity, Dr Selkrig will also tease out the possibilities of encouraging educators to engage with a creative orientations model. He examines the potential of doing this: that it may assist in focusing educators’ discussions, understandings and practice in relation to creativity and make it a little less tricky.

Seminar details

  • Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Time: 12.30pm – 1.30pm
  • Venue: Building G, Room G467, Footscray Park Campus
  • RSVP: email [email protected]
  • Chair: Dr Dianne Hall


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18 September 2018, 12:30pm to 1:30pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Building G, Room G467

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Teah Farrugia
Senior Project Officer
College of Arts & Education
9919 2240