BERA Annual Conference Symposium | Designing Education: A Critical-Creative Practice
This workshop-style symposium was co-presented with Juliet Sprake and Jennifer Bain (Goldsmiths University) at the 2018 British Education Research Association’s Annual Conference.
The symposium explored designing education as creative process – a practice that combines critical pedagogy with critical design and designerly ways of thinking. Focusing particularly on visual ideation methods and the Human-centred design mindsets of empathy and optimism, participants were encouraged to firstly identify pedagogical issues and then to both problematise and address them though applying the ideation methods.
My role was to introduce observational drawing as one of these methods for developing practice and to demonstrate this in action by drawing live throughout. This process was also filmed and projected onto one of the room’s walls for participants to see. Half way through the symposium, I discussed some of the observations I had recorded, as well as my reflections on the method itself - for example, how it helped me to understand the exchanges differently to if I had only photographed them or taken notes.
This research informs a larger collaborative project which aims to develop creative methods and resources for (non-design specialist) educators who are interested in using designerly approaches to inform pedagogic practice.