Dean's Keynote Series: July 2020. The imperative of creative pedagogies in contemporary teaching, with Emerita Professor Robyn Ewing

Professor Robyn Ewing, 'The imperative of creative pedagogies in contemporary teaching' - click here to view recording

Every learner deserves a creative and arts-rich curriculum that fosters the development of imagination; social and emotional wellbeing; empathy and compassion; voice and identity. Increasingly, however, the demand for simple ‘one size fits all’ approaches to pedagogy and the emphasis on improved test performance threaten teacher expertise and professional judgement and often constrain the exploration of creative meaning-making experiences. This keynote will explore the potential – and the imperative - of creative pedagogies to both promote self-understanding, ways of being in the world and the need to understand others and the world from multiple perspectives through snapshots of contemporary research alongside several multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary initiatives.

Initially a primary teacher, Robyn Ewing AM is Professor Emerita, Teacher Education and the Arts, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Passionate about the role that creative and arts-rich pedagogies can play in transforming learning, Robyn particularly enjoys working alongside early career and experienced educators interested in innovative professional practice. Since 2009 Robyn has worked in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the School Drama professional learning program to develop teacher confidence and expertise in using drama with literature and enhance students’ English and literacy outcomes. Teacher education, especially the experiences of early career teachers and the role of mentoring, sustaining curriculum innovation, reflection in professional practice, and the use of arts informed inquiry in educational research are also current research interests. Robyn is an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre Company, Deputy Chair of WestWords and a Visiting Scholar with Barking Gecko Children’s Theatre. A past President of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and the Primary English Teachers Association Australia, she was a Council member of the Australian Film Television and Radio School from 2012-18.

Time for Q and A will follow Robyn's keynote presentation - we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Date: 16 July

Time: 1.00-2.30pm

Date and time

From: 01:00 PM Thursday, July 16, 2020 To: 02:30 PM Thursday, July 16, 2020