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Inspiration, deadlines and working to a brief: student views of creativity, coursework and the world beyond

May, S (2008) 'Inspiration, deadlines and working to a brief: student views of creativity, coursework and the world beyond.' In: Brien, D and Neave, L, eds. The creativity and uncertainty papers: the refereed proceedings of the 13th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Brisbane. ISBN 970980757316

Abstract

This paper draws on two main sources: 1. The author’s recently completed research project funded in the UK by the English Subject Centre, which collected written contributions from more than 200 students (mainly undergraduate) in the UK and US, dealing with their expectations and experiences of Creative Writing in Higher Education; and 2. Bath Spa University Learning in the Arts Student Questionnaire (LASQ), an ongoing longitudinal survey collecting data and opinions from students studying a variety of creative art disciplines (including music, art, drama, dance and creative writing). Students are asked questions about their backgrounds and abilities, experiences and interests, aspirations and achievements. LASQ was especially designed to support the development of students’ creativity, their ability to use new technologies, and their employability. The paper explores: (a) Creative Writing students’ sense (or lack of it) of themselves as practitioners, in relation to students in other disciplines, especially creative arts (b) their confidence (or lack of it) in self and subject (c) differences in background, experience and expectation between Creative Writing students and students studying other creative arts (d) the perceived relation (or lack of it) between Creative Writing workshop exercises and personal creative development (e) tensions between “own work” and work submitted for assessment (f) impact of deadlines, briefs and assessment guides on creativity (g) students’ apprehensions and misapprehensions about writing outside the academy.

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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 14:58
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:29
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/773
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