It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the Summer edition of the University of Guelph Research magazine, Brand New Keys for Learning, has arrived at Spark World Headquarters! The magazine focuses on innovative methods of pedagogy developed at the UofG by exploring the connections between teaching and research as a vehicle of learning.
The magazine features contributions from our own Research magazine coordinators Joey Sabljic and Katharine Tuerke as well as Nicole Yada, Samantah Beattie and Natalie Osborne.
The cover story, Learning Takes an Unexpected Turn by Joey highlights the Improvisation, Community and Soical Practice (ICASP), which is a multidisciplinary, multi- institutional international arts research initiative that uses musical improvisation as a model for building mutual understanding, co-operation and learning.
One of the areas they’re looking at is how improvisation can be used as a teaching model that brings together students and youth from all backgrounds. Over the past year, musicians and ICASP researchers have been working to bring improvised music into community centers, schools and shelters by leading improvisational workshops for at-risk, aggrieved and handicapped youth.
What they have found is that with an outlet to express their creativity, youth discover a powerful sense of confidence in themselves and their abilities.
The full story is on page 24. Read the whole magazine here.