The ‘Wicked’ problem of developing critical understanding in Creative Writing students.

Holloway, Philippa (2018) The ‘Wicked’ problem of developing critical understanding in Creative Writing students. New Writing The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1479-0726 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2018.1452272

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Abstract

The subject benchmarks statements published in 2016 state that ‘Creative Writing (CW) is a diverse and still developing subject […] underpinned by a growing body of research and pedagogical thinking.’ (QAA, 2016) and as such writers who teach, and teachers who write, are actively engaging in reflective practice to try and bridge the gap between what has previously been viewed as a solitary and perhaps ‘mysterious’ practice (Waitman and Plucker, 2009), and what is now demanded in terms of theoretical and critical knowledge of that practice by students. As a writer and teacher of writing, I have become aware of similarities between Problem Based Learning (PBL) and the praxis approach I use. Seeking out literature on this connection however, has revealed that while many other disciplines (English/History/Sociology) are using CW as a PBL tool, it is little discussed within the subject itself. This study is the first tentative stage in a wider consideration of whether openly exploring creative writing acts and actions as a series of problem solving exercises can help students further understand their own creative practice, and develop not only their creative work but their ability to reflect and analyse their practice through academic research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedagogy, Problem based learning, Reflective practice, Praxis.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 15:21
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10270

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