The Big Issues in Creative Education
During this unit you will relate your educational practice to relevant research, and use this research to critically examine the constraints that impact your teaching and supporting learning work. This unit introduces you to creative education in a variety of contexts with the intention of identifying key issues that you may wish to investigate further in Year 2. As part of your work on this unit, you will explore potential audiences for the work that you will develop later on in the course to help you begin to develop a focus for your research.
Learning How to Research
This unit enables you to evaluate a range of educational methodologies and methods. The purpose of this unit is to develop your ability to think critically and work creatively as an educational researcher, and you will use creative thinking to design a research question informed by key issues in creative education. The week-long residential early in this unit provides you with research methods training, and also constitutes a valuable opportunity for you to meet with your fellow participants. By undertaking a small-scale research project, you will learn how to identify and review relevant literature, develop a robust research design, and collect and analyse data.
What’s Your Problem?
In this unit, you will draw on the knowledge you have gained during Units 1 and 2 to develop a research question and project into an area of creative education that interests you. Your question may arise out of an issue that is of interest to an audience you identified in Unit 2, or from an aspect of your educational or professional practice that you wish to investigate. You will design a research project that enables you to respond to your research question, and you will use a range of technologies to produce a creative research journal and report.
The final unit provides an opportunity for you to disseminate your research by communicating the findings with appropriate audiences. By consolidating your learning on the course, you will critically reflect on your own professional development and consider your next steps as an educational professional. Potential outputs from this unit could include a journal article, crowdfunding campaign, website, conference, series of blog posts or videos, project proposal, social media campaign or critical reflection.
Our course provides you with the opportunity to focus on developing teaching practice, at the same time as professional art and design practice. This dual professionalism is highly valued in FE and HE contexts.
And developing a small-scale research project provides you with experience of producing, writing and disseminating research. Past participants have found this valuable when applying for practice-based research funding or writing PhD proposals.