University of Edinburgh

Exploring the Role of Creativity in VI Education

Presented on 12 June 2009

Dr David Feeney, VIScotland

Objectives of Today's Sessions

  • Not a regular in-service session on how to improve handwriting, punctuation or sentence structure
  • No great emphasis on the development of practical skills
  • Offers insight into aspects of the experience of visual impairment which can inform the creative outlook of your pupils
  • Outline the developmental importance of first-hand experience and review a selection of ways to facilitate it
  • Review ways in which research into VI conducted outside the formal domain of educational studies might be applied to your teaching approach
  • Leave you better positioned to confidently help your visually impaired students find a voice that is uniquely theirs
  • Help make your classroom a democracy of the senses

Structure of Course

  • Introductions
  • The role and evolving status of the senses in learning

Session 1

  • Perspectives on the sensory hierarchy
  • Learning and the Senses
  • Non-visual sense of place
  • Outdoor/indoor and the role of the body (somatic participation)
  • VI and outdoor education

Session 2

  • Perspectives on the senses
  • Outdoor education continued
  • Art and the non-visual senses
  • The aesthetic experience
  • order and spontaneity
  • Spontaneity and the experience of VI

Session 3

  • Perspectives on the senses
  • educational
  • cultural
  • psychological

Session 4

  • Celebrating creativity
  • Exercises
  • Bringing the outdoors in
  • Feedback