Academic development is a creative act

Budge, K and Clarke, A 2012, 'Academic development is a creative act', International Journal for Academic Development, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 59-70.


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Title Academic development is a creative act
Author(s) Budge, K
Clarke, A
Year 2012
Journal name International Journal for Academic Development
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 70
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper argues that academic development is a creative act. Creative acts have potential to inspire, critique, inform and in many cases to change. The creativity literature identifies a number of core features of creative acts that assist in developing independent creative practitioners. Those features are observing, attending to relationships, engaging and persisting, exploring and risk-taking, problem-solving, intuiting, reflecting and envisaging. The realm of academic development in tertiary education necessitates many of those same features to support the complex human interactions involved in bringing about change in learning and teaching. In this paper we explore how the core features of creative acts are utilised in our work as academic developers. We argue that conceptualising academic development as a creative act is of value because the intent of the work is to develop creative educators who are critically reflective and responsive to change within challenging tertiary educational environments.
Subject Higher Education
Keyword(s) academic development
creativity
changing beliefs
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1360144X.2011.587192
Copyright notice © 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1470-1324
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