I am going back to the ranks of academia! This September I enter the PhD program at the Queen’s Faculty of Education where I’ll be researching creativity. I’ll be focussing on the concept of ” creativity” itself, the various definitions people use of it and how these definitions change vary based on who is using it when and where. I’ll also be examining when the concept of creativity became part of the official curriculum and the reasons for its inclusion.
If this sounds interesting to you then you are a good person. If not, you better hope you don’t end up sitting beside me on an airplane.
I looked into some aspects of creativity as part of my Master degree. Here’s a little light reading:
A Creative Process: Using Songwriting to Promote Creativity
I do a lot of songwriting workshops to help folks get more creative. But what’s more exciting than taking a workshop? Understanding the theory behind it! Click HERE to read.
Play and Politics: A Serious History of Education
A paper for the History of Education course. It discusses how the use of play in education is related to the politics of a culture, with more hierarchical cultures being less likely to encourage play. Read it HERE.
For my Master of Education degree I researched the role of humour in education, and the documents listed below are some of the fruit to grow from the noble tree that sprouted (…that’s not the best metaphor, but who cares?)
Understanding Humour: A Teacher’s Handbook
This is my Master’s project. It took a lot of work. Humour me and READ IT HERE.
That’s Not Funny: Student Motivation in the Use of Inappropriate Humour
This paper appeared in volume six of papers from the Graduate Student Symposium at Queen’s Faculty of Education. READ IT HERE.
The Culture of Humour in the Classroom: The Good, The Bad, and the Other
A version of this appeared in Canadian Music Educator. HERE it is.
Students’ Use of Humour: A Developmental Approach
Humour goes through stages and changes as children grow. Find out how HERE.