Keith Sawyer

March 5, 2016, 10:30 – 11:45 am, Issues and Insights 2: Inside the Blackbox: The Education and Culture of Arts and Design Schools (Concurrent Session)

Dr. Keith Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He studies creativity, collaboration, and learning. He has written over 80 scientific articles, and is the author or editor of 14 books, including Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation (2nd edition, 2012), an influential overview of creativity research, and The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (2nd edition, 2014), a seminal introduction to the scientific research on learning.

In his current research, he is studying how teaching and learning are organized in professional schools of art and design, with the goal of identifying a core set of features that can be used to design more effective learning environments. As part of this research, he has conducted ethnographic studies of the Savannah College of Art & Design, and of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.