Dr Rita Irwin: Creative teaching and learning for the twenty-first century Event as iCalendar

21 November 2017

6 - 7:30pm

Venue: Room B4, Owen G. Glenn Building, City Campus

Location: 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland

Host: The Creative Thinking Project

Contact email: creativethinking@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Rita L. Irwin (Professor of Art Education at the University of British Columbia) joins the Creative Thinking Project as their eighth Creative Fellow. She will share her experience as an artist, researcher and teacher who is deeply committed to the arts and education. She emphasises that today’s teachers and learners must embrace creativity’s central role in future society by ensuring that creativity is embedded in learning environments now. Creative learning relies on exploring collaboration and improvisation in flexible ways, allowing ideas to emerge and develop. This approach provides the tools that are needed to address the challenges facing the contemporary world.

You are invited to hear Rita Irwin discuss the role of creativity in the curriculum – past, present and future – at this free public event: "Needed now: Leaps in learning - Creative teaching and learning for the twenty-first century".

In her presentation, Professor Irwin will provide an overview of previous creativity research, and offer contemporary examples of creative teaching and learning in higher education, public schools, and professional learning communities.


About Professor Rita L Irwin

Professor Rita L Irwin is currently Professor of Art Education and Curriculum Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also President of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA). Her research interests span in-service art education, teacher education, socio-cultural issues, curriculum practices in informal learning settings, and a/r/tography.

Rita publishes widely, exhibits her artworks, and has secured a range of research grants, including a number of Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants to support her work in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and beyond. She was made a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association in the USA, and has won the Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies (CACS), the Canadian Art Teacher of the Year Award (CSEA), the Elliot Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award (NAEA) and the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring (UBC).