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Development Education; A creative paradigm for the new challenges facing higher education


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Development Education; A creative paradigm for the new challenges facing higher education

  1. 1. Dr Martin FitzgeraldLimerick Institute of TechnologyTipperary SchoolIreland LIN october 2012
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  3. 3.  Current perspectives-making the ’familiar strange’ Creative discourse Has Wisdom and Creativity gone out of Higher Education? A Development Education model for the future Becoming an ’Authentic Presence’ (Palmer 2007) LIN october 2012
  4. 4.  Teaching is a paradoxical profession; expected to build, create and innovate while at the same time counteract excess, encourage moral responsibility and meet all of societies needs every day! Knowledge Society needs to be renamed the Learning society (Hargreaves 2003)-this would change our perspective LIN october 2012
  5. 5.  Creative genius – rooted in the European Enlightenment Democratic and political–sees creativity as offering empowerment The notion of creativity as ubiquitous - which sees creativity as pervasive Creativity as a social good – emphasising inclusion, multiculturalism Creativity as an economic imperative – neo-liberal discourse Approaches emphasising play – rooted in Romantic thought Approaches focusing on creativity and cognition –Piagetian and Vygotskian work Creativity and new technologies –emphasises digital technologies in particular The creative classroom –connections between spirituality, knowledge, skills and pedagogy. (cited by Craft 2008) LIN october 2012
  6. 6.  Perceptual Blocks-stereotyping, tunnel vision, single perspective, saturation Emotional Blocks-fear of mistakes, unwilling to take risks, immediate solutions, premature judgement Cultural Blocks & Associated Beliefs- absence of fun, play, daydreaming, reflection. Tradition and logic have high value Environmental Obstacles-Institutional practices, Crisis Management, uniformity LIN october 2012
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  8. 8. The Challenge? LIN october 2012
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  10. 10.  Instrumental Outcome focus (Illich Myth?) Systems thinking-We must fit in!! Fragmentation, Ownership, Cost/Benefit processing, specialisation rather than expertise Research funding, Business priorities, value for money Feeding into the ‘corporate paradox’- consumption leads to profit-profit leads to more efficient use of resources- efficient use of resources leads to better management of consumption?? Knowledge becomes about power and not about understanding and abundance thinking or nurturing wisdom and creativity LIN october 2012
  11. 11. • Tolerance for Complexity and Uncertainty• Assumption-Questioning• A need for connectedness between human activity and the environment -developing the ‘Ecological University’ (Barnett 2011)• Perspective taking-self mastery before subject mastery?• Independence• Courage• Challenge current opinion-find creative and wise answers• Maturity-self insight leading to personal wisdom-’authentic presence’• Integrity• Abundant Mentality LIN october 2012
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