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Kevin Gormley Book Launch

New book on place of creativity in education is launched

The book, titled ‘Perspectives on the Place of Creativity in Education, Policy and Practice’, was launched on Thursday 1 February.

A new book by Dr Kevin Gormley has been launched at an event on DCU’s St. Patrick’s Campus in Drumcondra.

The book, ‘Perspectives on the Place of Creativity in Education, Policy and Practice’, critically analyses how cultural and educational policies construct creativity through a range of concepts and compares this against the open and expansive idea of creativity as experienced by individuals in society more broadly.

Artist, activist and advocate Martin Drury launched the book in the Exhibition Space on the St. Patrick’s Campus.

The book draws on empirical data, case-study examples, and ethnographic motifs to identify the discursive construction of creativity and the way in which discourses of creativity are enfolded into narratives of progress in cultural policy.

This book will be of great interest to researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education policy, creativity studies, and education politics. Those interested in arts education or in intersections between education and the writings of Foucault and Agamben more broadly will also find the book of value.

Dr Kevin Gormley is a lecturer in Music Education at the School of Arts Education and Movement, Institute of Education, Dublin City University. His doctoral study, undertaken at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, was an analysis of how the concept of creativity is discursively constructed in education policy and practice. At DCU, Dr Gormley coordinates and teaches into core modules in music education for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He also supervises final year projects and is involved in student reflection and enquiry tutorials.

Dr Gormley said

"What truths do we tell about creativity? What counts or can count as creative expression? This new publication on creativity in education suggests cultural policy might limit the concept of creativity in education and uses philosophy to expand how we think and what we know about creativity and the arts."

Dr Una McCabe, Head of the School of Arts Education and Movement at DCU Institute of Education, said:

"This new book is a superb addition to the growing suite of publications on the subject of creativity in education emerging from the School of Arts Education and Movement and broadens the perspective on how we consider young people's creative education."

More information on Dr Gormley's book can be found at this link.

Dr Kevin Gormley speaking at book launch