Dr Kerry Chappell
Senior Lecturer in Education
+44 (0) 1392 724733
North Cloisters NC121
North Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Kerry is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter, where she leads the MA Education Creative Arts specialism and provides dance expertise to the course. Kerry also co-leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational Futures Network and is a PhD and EdD supervisor. Kerry continues to work as a dance-artist within Exeter-based dance lab collective. Her research includes creativity in arts, science and transdisciplinary education and educational futures, alongside participatory research methodologies.
PCAP/Fellow of HEA, University of Exeter; PhD Dance Education (Trinity Laban); MA Oxon Experimental Psychology
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My research interests are:
- the contribution creativity in arts education can make to educational futures debates
- the interdisciplinary study of creativity
- methodologies for participatory research
My research involves developing understanding of wise humanising creativity and creativity influenced by the posthuman turn (see Chappell et al, 2017; Chappell et al, 2016; Chappell et al, 2012; Chappell, 2018). As part of my working method, I use creative learning conversations (developed with Anna Craft; see Chappell & Craft, 2011) to research with teachers, practitioners and students. The aim is to create space for us all to develop our practice and learning as educators and researchers.
My earlier professional background is as a freelance dance artist/educator and dance education manager (Laban, 1998 - 2002), as well as practicing the martial art of aikido (Ni-Dan). I still work as a dance-artist within the Exeter-based dance lab collective alongside Pam Woods, Lizzie Swinford and Martin Harvey. All of these experiences inform my own practice as a researcher.
SciCulture (H2020 Erasmus+, UoE £75k) 2018 - 2021 - Kerry is the UoE PI on this project, working with Co-I, Lindsay Hetherington. This Europe-wide SciCulture team are creating intensive 5 day HE courses for university students and researchers. These participants are being facilitated to co-create solutions to shared problems through business, science and the arts.
UoE Education Incubator (Internal funding, £14k) 2018-2019 - Kerry is Co-I on this project working with Katie Natanel in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies also at UoE. Digital innovation in project-based learning: toward a model for praxis explores how ‘project-based learning’ (PBL) can be enhanced through digital technologies and creative pedagogies in HE classrooms, which work through face-to-face interaction and virtual learning environments (VLEs). Following model development through networking with UoE colleagues, ideas will be piloted in Dr. Natanel's course 'Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel', and findings will be shared at an interdisciplinary workshop in summer 2019.
Ocean Connections (H2020 Erasmus +, UoE £65k) 2018 - 2021 - Kerry is the Co-I on this project working alongside PI Lindsay Hetherington and Co-I Justin Dillon. This Europe-wide project is focusing on developing Ocean Literacy for primary and secondary school students through creative pedagogies, Virtual and Augmented Reality and the Arts.
CREATIONs (EUH2020, £120k) 2015-18 - Kerry was PI on this project at Exeter, working with Co-I Lindsay Hetherington, and Research Associates Hermione Ruck Keene and Charlotte Hathaway. The project developed engaging science classrooms across Europe using arts-based and creative approaches developed from work carried out by researchers from the Centre for Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures (incorporating CREATE). The project includes an array of activities with science and arts teachers and their students www.creations-project.eu
CREAT-IT (funding EU Comenius Fund, �40k) 2013-15 - Working with Anna Craft, Sarah Hennessy, Charlotte Slade, Margo Greenwood and Alison Black and collaborating with six other European partners. The aim of the project was to develop and support science teachers by integrating creative and cultural activities derived from the arts into their curriculum, therefore engaging students to participate in collaborative, project and case study based activities. http://creatit-project.eu/
NEXT CHOREOGRAPHY with SIOBHAN DAVIES DANCE - (funding Paul Hamlyn Foundation, �6.6k) 2014-18 - Working with Charlotte Slade and Amy Phillips to evaluate and research the development of choreographic understanding and wise humanising creativity for 14 - 20 year olds within this SDD project. The project final report is available on the SDD website.
CREATIVE POTENTIAL - (funding Paul Hamlyn Foundation, �10k) � Working with Debbie Watson and Anna Craft to act as critical friends to the Education team of Wayne McGregor/Random Dance Company in their development of the Creative Potential creativity teaching resource. The project completed during 2014.
CAROUSEL COLLECTIVE RESEARCH (ongoing) (funding (�3k) - this project involves working with a group of early years practitioners and artists researching their practice collectively. The group have investigated what defines the approach they take in their work and what the children taking part get from this. The project completed with the production of a short research film available at the Devon Carousel Project website.
CHILDREN'S VOICES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING workshops. These workshops have been developed from the Aspire project, a co-participative research project putting student as researchers at the centre of school transformation. �The Aspire university research team, including Anna Craft, myself and Margo Greenwood worked with Pearson plc to develop a Children's Voice training workshop to facilitate schools to run their own student voice for transformative change projects.
DANCE PARTNERS FOR CREATIVITY (AHRC funded). 2008 - 2011. Working with Professor Anna Craft, and Linda Rolfe at Exeter, and collaborating with Veronica Jobbins at Laban, as well as a team of dance-artist/teacher partnerships, the core question at the heart of this research was 'What kinds of creative partnerships are manifested between dance-artists and teachers in co-developing the creativity of 11-14 year olds, in dance in education, and how do these develop? The research culminated in the publication of Close Encounters: Dance Partners for Creativity published in late 2011. The book presents ideas and provocations for developing practice and thinking about creativity in education in the 21st century, drawing on dance education. It argues that young people's creativity doesn't have to be restricted by standards and that their creativity can thrive alongside attainment. The book concludes by offering practical ideas for ensuring that creative professionals and students can thrive rather than just survive in the current educational climate.
CREATIVITY WITHIN THE DANCE CENTRES FOR ADVANCED TRAINING: 2007-8 collaborating with Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates this project involved qualitatively and quantitatively investigating what creativity is and how it is nurtured within the dance specialists Centres for Advanced Training. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the research culminated in practitioners' professional development, a CAT report, a peer-reviewed article and a creativity questionnaire.
CARA2 RESEARCH (September 2006 - October 2007). Researching the operation and impact of the Creativity Action Research Awards 2, a national initiative funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Director Anna Craft. Funded by DfES. Budget: �25K.
- 2018 European Union
The Europe-wide SciCulture team are creating intensive HE courses for university students and researchers. These participants are being facilitated to co-create solutions to shared problems through business, science and the arts.
- 2018 European Union
Ocean Connections aims to develop Ocean Literacy for primary and secondary school students across Europe using creative pedagogies, virtual and augmented reality and the arts.
- 2018 University of Exeter
Digital innovation in project-based learning: toward a model for praxis explores how ‘project-based learning’ (PBL) can be enhanced through digital technologies and creative pedagogies in HE classrooms, which work through face-to-face interaction and virtual learning environments (VLEs). Read more at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/projects/project/?id=620#PVgj3BJHisvU305s.99
- 2015 EU Framework 6
The project aims to increase science education engagement through the arts and creativity. The Exeter team's creativity theories are positioned at the heart of the project within the 8 pedagogical features which inform the developing teaching practices in 11 European partner countries: http://creations-project.eu
- 2008 Arts and Humanities Research Council
Dance Partners for Creativity Research Project (2008-10) within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. Working with Professor Anna Craft, and Linda Rolfe at Exeter, and collaborating with Veronica Jobbins at Laban, as well as a team of dance-artist/teacher partnerships, the core question at the heart of this research is 'What kinds of creative partnerships are manifested between dance-artists and teachers in co-developing the creativity of 11-14 year olds, in dance in education, and how do these develop? Beginning in April 08, the research has three key research areas: investigating partnership roles and relationships which push boundaries;gaining understanding of, and developing, how creativity is conceived and facilitated; questioning and challenging practice; and understanding the problems faced by partnerships.
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Advisor to One Dance UK Children and Young People Advisory Group
Board member for Dance in Devon
Teaching and consultancy for M level Dance Education course Skolen for Moderne Dans, Copenhagen, Denmark
Consultant Researcher on the Centres for Advanced Training Research Project Creativity Strand (Laban) funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2008-2011)
Consultant to Norfolk Dance on Action Research project 'Can movement be used as an effective evaluation tool? (2008-2011)
Supervisor to Kenneth Tharpe, Executive Director, The Place Contemporary Dance Trust - Clore Leadership Fellow dissertation focused on Creativity & Partnership in secondary level dance education. (2008)
Referee for articles submitted to Thinking Skills and Creativity (2006-) and Research in Dance Education (2007-)
Projects Supervisor, Teamworks 2 Project run by National Theatre funded by NESTA (2006-7)
Consultant Evaluator, Navigating the Unknown funded by NESTA: evaluating the final phase of University of Middlesex RESCEN’s Navigating the Unknown (2006)
- EFPM224 - Creativity and the Arts
- EFPM265 - The Arts and Educational Futures
- EFPM303 - Creativity and Education Futures
- EFPM320 - Issues of Policy and Practice in Arts Education
- EFPM906 - Arts education theory, practice and potential
- EFPM907 - Creativity in Education: Valuing, Facilitating and Assessing It