Catalyst Fund

Feedback as a Creative Process

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Primary Participant:

Elif Akcali

Contributors:

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

  • Elif Akcali, Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida
  • 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:

  • Teach students in Divergent Thinking in Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) the use of CRP to develop an engineering design-in-progress
  • Teach students in Dance Composition in School of Theater + Dance (SoTD) the use of CRP to develop a dance work-in-progress
  • Develop an innovative curriculum for Divergent Thinking and Dance Composition that uses CRP to develop creative works in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration skills of engineering and dance students
  • Help raise awareness on UF campus on giving and receiving feedback as a creative process

 

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.