Past Events

Here you will find details of some of our recent events and visiting speakers hosted by the Centre.  

Decolonizing Teacher Education
An Expert Seminar hosted by the Centre in March 2017 (Decolonizing Teacher Education

The seminar came together through the collaborative work the University of Regina, Canada, and the University of Exeter, UK.  Keynote speakers inlcuded:

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti (University of British Columbia)
George Sefa Dei (University of Toronto)
Mere Berryman (University of Waikato)
Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

The two day seminar also included the book launch Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Working towards Decolonization, Indigeneity and Interculturalism, edited by Fatima Pirbhai-Illich, Shauneen Pete, and Fran Martin.


Professor Michael Young (Institute of Education, University of London
Researching the Curriculum: from 'Knowledge of the powerful' to 'powerful knowledge’
January 2016 as part of the Graduate School of Education seminar series.  Details of his seminar and link to the recording are available here


Emeritus Professor Michael Fielding (Institute of Education, University of London) 
Beyond Student Voice: Patterns of Partnership and the Demands of Deep Democracy.  In this seminar the speaker offered an intellectual typology and practical tool patterns of partnership intended to assist in the process of intergenerational learning and democratic development.


Sue Cheesman, Senior Lecturer in Dance Education, University of Waikato (Inclusive dance specialist)
Inclusive Dance Workshop.  Hosted by University of Exeter and DNA, this was an opportunity for University of Exeter students to take part in a dance/movement workshop.  The workshop provided a practical insight into inclusive dance pedagogies and practices drawing on Sue’s experience as a workshop leader for Touch Compass Dance, mixed ability NZ Dance Company.

What are the benefits of carrying out Research using Ethnographic Methods and how can it be used effectively?  In particular, how has it been used in research into Creative Teaching and Learning?
A seminar by Bob Jeffrey (Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter) examining some of the characteristics and feature of using an ethnographic approach to educational research.  

DEVON CULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP:have your say and shape future activities
Open, free seminar co-hosted by Daisi and MA Education: Creative Arts team, University of Exeter

Anna Craft’s Legacy: The importance of creativity to teaching and learning and its role in resisting and challenging performativity. Reflections on a creative partnership.
A seminar led by Bob Jeffrey (Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter), who worked closely with Anna Craft from the early Nineties, reflecting upon the reasons for developing creativity in education, its successes and its importance for teachers, schools and learners.

Sustaning Arts Education Together
A seminar co-hosted by MA Education: Creative Arts Team, University of Exeter, and Daisi

Creative Learning in the Primary School
Bob Jeffrey (University of Exeter Honorary Research Fellow)
Descriptions and analysis of creative learning is an essential check on the effectiveness of creative teaching. The documentation of creative teaching has more validity if the outcomes of it can be seen to be taken up as creative learning by pupils and students. This session will focus on ethnographic research carried out over some years on the nature of creative learning in the primary school and will show how, given a creative teaching context, young people develop creative skills and understandings. 

Enjoying ethnographic writing
Bob Jeffrey (University of Exeter Honorary Research Fellow)
Talk and discussion about the writing process while carrying out ethnographic and qualitative research.  

Writing descriptive fieldnotes: Literary opportunities, thick description and the reflexive perspectives
Workshop with Bob Jeffrey and Margo Greenwood
Qualitative researchers have to produce the descriptive data that both reflect these characteristics and provide data for analysis. In the main this involves the ethnographer writing or/and recording these descriptions in the form of fieldnotes. There are many types of fieldnotes and ways of recording them but one major aspect is the creative fieldnote. These portray, in a literary form, a description of the environment in which our respondents work and live and the part people play in managing it and influencing it. The researcher, in the case of ethnography, is the instrument through which written data is collected and they use many literary forms to construct data that reflects the lived reality of those we research.  This workshop focussed on some of these imaginative and creative forms from the extensive work carried out by Bob Jeffrey over 20 years of ethnographic field work and Margo Greenwood followed this with a discussion on the value of a reflexive voice in the construction of qualitative data.

CREATE workshop debate: Cultures of Encounter: How not to get steam rollered by the system and create a new one….. with Michael Fielding, Kerry Chappell and Nick Givens
A workshop debate about if and how it is possible to engender meaningful cultures of encounter that allow for democratic education within the educational system. It began with short provocations from Michael Fielding, Kerry Chappell and Nick Givens drawing on research and experience of democratic schooling cultures and methods, some more radical stand-alone models, some more focused on what might be referred to as quiet revolutions from the inside.

Open session led by Bob Jeffrey, Honorary Research Fellow
Managing performative imperatives and creative teaching and learning and the implications for professional identity
The first part of this open session reviewed some of the ways primary teachers managed these two practices and the effects upon their professional work and identity based on ESRC research carried out between 2005-8.  The second part of the session provided an opportunity for those attending to discuss these findings in the light of their own current experiences in schools or in teacher education.

Dance Educator Action Research sharing event
An action research event presented by the University of Exeter Dance team and DNA (dancenetworkactive).  Two Devon dance educators, Lucie Tullet and Amelia Holst, have been researching their own dance teaching practice, with the support and guidance of one of University of Exeter’s research lecturers, Dr. Kerry Chappell.   

Art’s Work
Malcolm Ross (Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter) updated the Exeter CREATE group on his syncretic model of creativity in the arts, first developed in his book Cultivating the Arts in Education and Therapy (Routledge, 2011).

Managing performative imperatives and creative teaching and learning and the implications for professional identity
Bob Jeffrey (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter)
For the last 24 years teachers have been managing new performativity reforms focused on more accountability, testing, target setting and inspections alongside attempts to maintain their creative teaching, particularly in primary schools. As the performative agenda and practices became embedded in the late 1990s and the early 2000s a major government programme worth over £130m developed and encouraged a creativity discourse and related programmes across the whole of the education sector.  The first part of this open session reviewed some of the ways primary teachers managed these two practices and the effects upon their professional work and identity based on ESRC research carried out between 2005-8.  The second part of the session provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss these findings in the light of their own current experiences in schools or in teacher education.




Anna Craft Memorial Lecture

A memorial lecture is held annually in memory of this influential educator and teacher whose work in creativity in education remains an important force in the shaping of theory and practice in this field. The lectures are being jointly organised by the two universities in which Professor Craft worked at the time of her death: The Open University and the University of Exeter. Video recordings of lectures will be made available each year.

The Second Anna Craft Memorail Lecture
28th October 2016
University of Cambridge
Video Recording


The First Anna Craft Memorial Lecture
5th March 2015
Open University, Camden
Video Recording

Thank you to all those who attended the centre launch on Friday 8 July 2016.  It was a very successful event and we were delighted both by the kind of space we created together and the content of our discussions both verbal and physical.  

recording of the keynote by Professor Keri Facer (University of Bristol) entitled 'Learning to Live in Volatile Times' is now available for staff, students and University associates.

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21 November 201717:00

Seminar by Professor Carol Taylor (Sheffield Hallam University) Posthumanist/ new material feminist imaginaries for higher education research and pedagogy

Posthumanism is a mobile term, a constellation of theories, concepts, approaches and practices which share an interest in destabilizing binaries, decentering the human, and forging new ways of doing and thinking ethics in relation. Posthumanism has been seen as both a ‘reaction’ to Humanism (Wolfe, 2010) and a recognition that the current era of the Anthropocene is having a destructive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. It is for these reasons that Rosi Braidotti (2013: 2) suggests that the post-human condition has introduced a ‘qualitative shift’ in our thinking about what ‘the basic unit of common reference is for our species, our polity and our relationships’, that Karen Barad (2007: 142) urges attention to ethico-onto-epistemological understandings of how matter comes to matter in more-than-human entanglements, and Donna Haraway (2016) argues for a speculative feminist practice of ‘making kin’ through relational acts of string-figuring. Full details
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