Trent Williams, Assistant Professor of Dance, School of Theater + Dance, University of Florida; Trevor Boyer, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment, University of Florida; Lerman, Liz, Institute Professor, Institute Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Rhynard, Tiffany, Performance Artist and Filmmaker, Sisters Unite Productions
Feedback plays an important role in any creative endeavor. Critical Response Process (CRP) 1 helps a group of individuals engage in an interactive conversation to uncover their own value systems and evaluation criteria in the context of a creative work and utilize these to empower the person creating the work to develop it further. Creativity is critical to both engineering and dance. Hence, CRP is relevant to both disciplines. The proposed project will:
According to a widely accepted definition in the literature, an idea is creative if it is novel and appropriate. An idea can deemed to be novel at a micro-level for an individual or a group in a discipline or at a macro-level for a discipline as a whole, if it is new for the individual, group or discipline. Similarly, an idea can deemed to be appropriate, if it advances the knowledge and/or practice of the individual, group or discipline.
In this context, the proposed project is both novel and appropriate for HWCOE, SoTD and UF campus. CRP is not being taught or used in HWCOE. Similarly, CRP is used but not explicitly taught in SoTD. At this time no course on UF campus brings together engineering and dance students in a classroom setting and asks them to give feedback to each other on their creative works to think and create together. The proposed project is new and will advance the knowledge and practice of engineering and dance students in the use of CRP in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings.