Faculty of Education

The Creative Turn: Fostering Creatives in Secondary Schools


Public lecture by visiting scholar Associate Professor Anne Harris

Start Date

18th Sep 2017 6:00pm

End Date

18th Sep 2017 7:30pm


Sir Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre
University Centre, Churchill Avenue
Sandy Bay

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Eventbrite Registration Associate Professor Anne Harris

In Harris’ The Creative Turn study (2014-2016), she addresses the call for a more ‘ecological’ or whole-school approach to building creative skills and capacities in the secondary context, including concerns about measurement, assessment and reporting. While creativity is now of widespread concern and interest to teachers and school leaders worldwide, the Australian Curriculum’s call to incorporate ‘critical and creative thinking’ presents ongoing confusion and frustration in finding consistent definitions, strategies, and real-world approaches for incorporating creativity into our classrooms, especially in secondary school contexts.

This presentation will address these common concerns, by drawing on interviews with principals, teachers and students from Australia, the USA, Canada and Singapore which highlight issues of standardised testing, time and timetable constraints, and STEAM ‘versus’ STEM approaches to integrating creative teaching and learning in all that we do.

Associate Professor Anne Harris

Anne Harris is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) exploring creativity in Australasia, and a Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teacher, dramaturg and journalist in the USA and Australia. She researches in the areas of creativity and the arts, performance, digital media and social change. Anne is the editor and creator of the book series Creativity, Education and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan), the ABER co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, on the editorial board of several journals, and the following book series: Teaching Writing (Sense), Gender and Education (Palgrave Macmillan), and Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research Book Series (Springer). She has published over 60 articles and 10 books on the arts and creativity, gender/sexuality and cultural diversity; her latest is Creativity, Religion and Youth Cultures (2016, Routledge). She is also a professional playwright, musician and spoken word performer, and enjoys performing research of all kinds.