2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
EDUC5039M Creative Inquiry, Communication and Learning
30 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Chrissi Nerantzi
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning is for postgraduate students seeking to understand the relationship between the creative arts and creative practice, communication and learning. The module will draw on research and pedagogy based on creative inquiry, defined as ‘any social research or human inquiry that adapts the tenets of the creative arts as part of the methodology’ (Leavy 2014: 1). It will be led by teaching staff involved in a range of research projects looking at communication, education and public engagement through creative inquiry. Students will engage in creative inquiry as part of the classes, but no previous experience of creative practice is necessary. The module is oriented towards social and educational justice and knowledge democracy, and towards working in partnership and solidarity with the marginalised and the voiceless. It is inherently interdisciplinary and will be of interest to:• students working with, or interested in working with, the arts in educational and public engagement settings;• creative and communication practitioners keen to theorise the educational dimensions of their work;• researchers and practitioners with an interest in collaborative, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector work, and work which engages with different formal and informal learning communities.
ObjectivesThis module will consider the relationship between communication and the creative arts for learning in formal and informal contexts. It will draw on research and pedagogy based on creative inquiry, defined as ‘any social research or human inquiry that adapts the tenets of the creative arts as part of the methodology’ (Leavy 2014: 1).
1. to examine the affordances of arts-based methods for understanding communication and learning;
2. to examine the affordances of educational and applied linguistics approaches for understanding communication and learning in creative practices and collaborations;
3. to explore the role of creative inquiry for enabling the production and amplification of voice, knowledge, and justice in educational and public engagement contexts.
By the end of the module, learners will be able to:
1. work collaboratively to address a puzzle or problem related to creative practice and communication;
2. critically reflect on their own learning and the means by which this learning is communicated;
3. analyse and critically reflect on the affordances of creative inquiry for their own practice in education and/or engagement.
Part 1: How can creative practice and arts-based methods help us to understand communication and learning?
Relationship between language and learning in formal education. Introducing voice – different understandings of voice, how it is expressed, and whose voices are heard/valued. Affordances of creative inquiry for decentring language and producing/amplifying marginalised voices. One practical session of creative inquiry, followed by post-session online discussion (on the Minerva discussion board) in relation to key concepts introduced.
Part 2: How can approaches from Education and Applied Linguistics help us to understand communication and learning in/through creative practice?
Introducing concepts and approaches from education and applied linguistics. How these have been applied in research into creative practice, and how they have contributed to understandings of the relationship between voice and learning. One practical session of creative inquiry, followed by post-session online discussion (on the Minerva discussion board) in relation to key concepts introduced.
Part 3: How can these methods and approaches be applied in formal and informal learning contexts, and what different knowledges are produced?
Different contexts for learning and knowledge creation – education, engagement, collaboration, and co-production. Whose voices are valued in these settings, and how this can researched. How voice is produced and amplified through collaborative creative practice, and how this contributes to the creation of new knowledges, knowledge democracy and social justice.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||12.00|
|Private study hours||237.50|
|Total Contact hours||50.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyStudents will use this time for independent reading, class preparation tasks, and assignment preparation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored through:
• Encouraging, and observing the extent of, student participation in class discussions
• Monitoring and informal assessment (during teaching sessions) on student performance of tasks
• Monitoring students’ engagement with two online discussions
• Monitoring and supporting students’ progress with group presentation in class
• Reading and providing feedback on drafts of the written assignments (time for which is factored into the Tutorials in Section 5 above)
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Multimodal Assessment||Microsoft Sway||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Multimodal assessment: Group presentation where you work on a shared question about communication you and design a multimodal presentation on Microsoft Sway. Assignment: Individual written assignment presenting either a case study of a creative inquiry project you've carried out in the past, or a proposal for a project you'd like to carry out in the future.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 23/02/2023
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