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Unit information: Creativity and the Curriculum in 2021/22

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Unit name Creativity and the Curriculum
Unit code EDUCM0083
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Brownhill
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will explore the essential role that creativity plays in promoting quality learning and teaching and innovative curricula in educational contexts. It will critically examine theories and models of creativity and reflect on how these influence and shape both policy and practice with children, young people and adults. It will investigate the tensions and dilemmas associated with integrating creativity in the curriculum, evaluating ways to positively address these. This unit will examine the impact of creativity on learner thinking, resources, assessment practices and the learning environment, considering the implications at a local, national and international level.

The unit aims:

  • To provide students with a deep and critical understanding of creativity and the implications of this for pedagogy and curricula in educational contexts.
  • To enable students to critically evaluate approaches to integrating creativity into learning and teaching practices and curricula in schools and other educational contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to demonstrate that they:

1. have a deep awareness of what creativity is and its influence on quality learning and teaching and curricula in educational contexts.

2. are able to critically evaluate creative approaches in relation to pedagogy and curricula that are used in educational contexts.

3. are able to critically explore and reflect on theories, research and professional practice in relation to a select aspect of creativity in educational contexts.

4. are able to reflectively develop ideas through peer-presentation, critical discussion and academic writing.

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including seminars, lecture-based input, reading, reflection, presentations and group discussions

Assessment Information

Summative assessment

Students will prepare and deliver a small creative presentation for peers (25% weighting, 1500-words equivalent, ILOs 1-4). The presentation will focus on a select aspect of creativity and the curriculum, critically reflecting on its impact (notional/actual) in a chosen educational context.

Students will then submit a written creative report (75% weighting, 2500 words, ILOs 1-4) that builds on and extends the content of their presentation for peers in written form. This written report will be informed by critical discussion after the presentation with peers, through wider reading and reflection.

For both summative assessments, students will be encouraged to embrace creative practices linked to planning, production, presentation and delivery of their submissions.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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