Learners, teachers and places: A conceptual framework for creative pedagogies

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Nathalie Tasler Vicki Harcus Morgan Dale https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6623-7412


This exploratory paper introduces a theoretical framework which helps educators in higher education to navigate the complex relationships between self, students, and place. It is also written for academic developers who support the evolving identities and pedagogies of lecturers undertaking professional development.  The framework focuses on students, teachers and places as actors (first space) that interact, giving rise to transformational (second) spaces. At the heart of the framework (third space), all three actors dynamically interact through creative pedagogies for active, transformational learning, physically and/or digitally. Although the term ‘third space’ typically refers to the merging of two physical places (Flessner, 2014), we perceive it here as a merging of three ‘actors’ with constantly changing identities to create a dynamic third space for transformation and student-centred learning

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Nathalie Tasler, University of Glasgow

University Lecturer in Academic and Digital Development, Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service

Vicki Harcus Morgan Dale, University of Glasgow

Vicki is a Senior Academic and Digital Development Adviser at the University of Glasgow. With a background in archaeology, learning technology and veterinary education, her work is currently focused on active learning and technology-enhanced learning, with a strong focus on learning design for meaningful student engagement.


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