The creativity wars: The challenges of transcending curriculum agendas to authentically engage creativity in the contemporary classroom

Creativity is a highly contested space in education both globally and locally. Inspired by Gonsky 2.0, this keynote explores the tensions and issues surrounding innovation, creativity and thinking in the 21st century classroom. It takes as its starting point, the general capabilities in the national curriculum of creativity and critical thinking, then travels backwards to the Melbourne Declaration and then forwards to exploring the contemporary literature on creativity in educational spaces.

Creativity in the contemporary classroom is then unpacked, drawing from the literature and from experience. Despite the reality that neoliberal agendas around creativity appear to have been detrimental to its uptake in schools, all is not lost. Creativity is an accessible and enduring human quality that has been responsible for technological, cultural and aesthetic development since humans first appeared, and is responsible for all of human progress and flourishing. However, government and initial teacher education have much to do if creativity and critical thinking is to endure, and to be authentically engaged in the classrooms of today and tomorrow.

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About the speaker

Alexandra Lasczik (formerly Cutcher), is Associate Professor, Arts and Education in the School of Education, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus. She is currently Research Leader and founder of the Creativity, Arts and Education Research Group [CreArE]. Alexandra joined Southern Cross University in July of 2011 as a Lecturer in Arts education, after 25 years in secondary education and 6 years as a sessional tutor, and was promoted to Associate Professor just 6 years later. Her passion is preparing secondary teachers for the complex demands of their future profession, most particularly in the discipline of the Visual Arts. Alexandra’s research has explored Arts education more broadly, Visual Arts education more specifically and Arts-Based Educational Research [ABER] in particular. Alexandra is an expert methodologist in ABER approaches, and lately has shifted much of the focus of her research to Walking as a contemporary research practice as well as the complex and iterative synergies of the Visual Arts /Environmental Education. She was recognised nationally for her teaching and research in Visual Arts education, most recently as a recipient of a prestigious OLT (Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2014). She is sought after as an inspirational speaker on panels, symposia and as a visiting scholar in recognition of her growing national and international esteem. In 2016 she was awarded Southern Cross University, School of Education Researcher of the Year, 2015. As research leader of the CreArE research group, she is actively building an expanding team of Arts and education higher degree students, and consequently, SCU is becoming known internationally as a lively and innovative hub for ABER and walkography, a methodology that Alexandra has pioneered.

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Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Tuesday, May 22, 2018 To: 05:00 PM Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Gold Coast, B5.40

Via video link to Lismore R1.06 and Coffs Harbour  A1.20