Foss, Anna M and Locke, Lorraine (2021) In Pursuit of the ‘Holy Grail’: Staff Perceptions of Creativity and Innovation. Journal of Academic Development and Education (13). ISSN 2051-3593

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Context and Objectives
Debate about conceptual understandings and practical applications of creativity and innovation into learning and teaching practice is long standing. Our empirical research aimed to explore how these concepts were understood by staff working in UK higher education (HE) settings and the implications for informing quality improvements. Our goal was to enhance knowledge, skills and understandings within our own context, alongside offering suggestions for HE institutions elsewhere.

We conducted thematic analysis of qualitative data collected via audio-recordings of workshop break-out groups at two learning and teaching conferences, and positioned our findings within the broader international literature on creativity and innovation.

We identified four interconnected themes: (i) how creativity and innovation are understood, (ii) problems with claiming work as creative or innovative, (iii) a practical skills deficit, and (iv) a nuanced relationship between their meanings and uses in different disciplinary contexts.

Discussion and Conclusions
We have shown that creativity and innovation have been defined as both products and processes. These particular findings concur with the broader research on these topics across different international settings and disciplines. Activities must be implemented that facilitate discussion about the meaning of these concepts and the emotional impact of value judgements while building awareness, confidence and understandings of how and when students are being creative and innovative. Staff working in other HE institutions around the world may like to reflect on whether these recommendations have relevance in their own contexts, perhaps exploring more rigorously using our proposed methodology.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Keele University at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creativity, Innovation, Pedagogy, Skills Development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 14:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 14:20

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