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Mr Darren Carr

Mr Darren Carr

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Biography

Darren originally trained in Dance at Middlesex Polytechnic, before embarking on a performance career in America. He has taught extensively in Primary, Secondary and Further Education before joining the full time staff at Liverpool John Moores University in 2004. His research-informed-teaching is focused on employability for dance graduates, developing curriculum materials in response to the industry and professional practice. In 2007-2009 he was awarded by CETL (Centre of excellence in Teaching and Learning) a sabbatical to form a small Integrated company of able-bodied dancers and dancers with disabilities, to research into inclusive practices and integration through the creative process. His ongoing PhD research through publication project JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance, reflects upon the nature of peer learning within an integrated environment for dance undergraduates and community based participants. His research and practice in this area was recognised in 2009 by an LJMU Curriculum Innovations Award. In 2012 & 2013 he published his first research papers in relation to his model of practice known as ‘an in-reaching community of practice’. In 2014 he was part of a successful team collaborative research council bid with the European Human Rights Commission to create and support ‘making reasonable adjustments’ legislation for schools and community activities.
Darren is a member of the executive Board for DANCE HE, a national organisation representing the interests of its HEI members to organisations such as the funding councils, HEFCE and HEA in areas concerning funding, policy and processes. www.dancehe.org.uk

TEACHING INTERESTS: Dance technique (Humphrey-based), Choreography, Dance History, Performance, Dance Teaching and Learning, Pilates, Work-Based Learning, Research and professional practice for the dance artist

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dance and disability, pedagogy, teaching and learning, integration and arts practice

Degrees

2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Dance Studies (Distinction)
1990, Middlesex Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Dance)

Publications

Posters

Carr DL. 2013. JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance: Where students as partners has helped to shape an innovative model of practice in Higher Education. HEA Annual Conference: Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience

Carr DL. 2012. JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance: An in-reaching community of practice in Higher Education. Pedagogies of Hope and Opportunity, HEA Arts and Humanities Conference

Carr DL. 2010. Enhancing students’ professional competency, employability and entrepreneurial skills through project-based learning LJMU 'Learning for a complex world' conference 2010

Journal Articles

Carr DL. 2013. An in-reaching community of practice: Constructing a learning co-operative, using a project based teaching and learning model in a Higher Education. Vickerman P, Brooks P. CETL Innovations in Practice, 8

Carr DL. 2012. JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance: a learning community and model of practice in Higher Education. Vickerman P. CETL Innovations in Practice, 7 :77-97

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Carr DL. Learning to “in-reach” has challenged the role and nature of the teaching and learning environment for undergraduates as facilitators LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Carr DL. Challenging the very nature of the learning environment through the application of an in-reaching community of practice. Resilience: Articulating 'knowledges' through dance in the 21st Century.

Carr DL. JUMP INTEGRATED DANCE: Engaging students as partners in research to inform curriculum innovation LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Carr DL. Creating a new model of practice in Higher Education: Borrowing the parts Frankenstein would be proud of. Heroes and monsters: extra-ordinary tales of learning and teaching in the arts and humanities (HEA)

Carr DL, Brooks P, Leaver F. The Wild Bunch: Tales from the North West Higher Education Academy, Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching. The Arts and Humanities Annual Conference,

Carr DL. JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance project 2012: “In-reaching communities” where student partnerships facilitate new practices in curriculum design and learner engagement in Higher Education. LJMU Learning and Teaching conference 2013

Carr DL. JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance: The role of an “in-reaching” learning community, as a innovative model of practice in Higher Education. Pedagogies of Hope and Opportunity, HEA Arts and Humanities Conference

Carr DL. Enhancing students’ professional competency, employability and entrepreneurial skills through real-world project-based learning: The Student View, ‘Educating for the Real World Enhancing students’ professional competency, employability and entrepreneurial skills

Carr DL. JMUp IN(tegrated) Dance: A community of practice in Higher Education LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Carr DL. JMUP IN(tegrated)Dance Project: Focus on building a learning community through peer support groups LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Carr DL. Learner-Worker-Entrepreneur: Benefits and Challenges of Multiple Roles in a Dance Students’ Enterprise. Proceedings of the WACE Symposium, 16th-18th November 2006, London,, WACE Symposium

Carr DL. Creating an undergraduate dance company: - how following a professional model to deliver WBL at Level 3 and integrating PDP as a Careers programme has enhanced students’ professional competency LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: DANCE HE, SCUDD & HEA Event, Position: chair, URL: http://www.dancehe.org.uk/

External collaboration:

Institution: Liverpool John Moores University, Collaborator: Examinations and Qualifications review Panel (A level Dance)

Institution: Brindley Theatre Runcorn, Collaborator: Darren Carr LJMU, Laura Hudson Arts Development Officer

URL: http://www.jumpintegrated.com/, Institution: STOP GAP Dance Company, Collaborator: Darren Carr LJMU

URL: http://www.jumpintegrated.com/, Institution: STOP GAP Dance Company, Collaborator: Darren Carr LJMU

Industrial connections:

Company: Cando Co Dance Company, Position or project: Educational Consultant

Company: AQA Examinations board, Position or project: External examiner for GCSE and A Level

Membership of professional bodies:

Executive Board Member, Dance HE, http://www.dancehe.org.uk/

Member, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA)

Member, Foundation for Community Dance

Other invited event:

Title of event: Resilience: Articulating 'knowledges' through dance in the 21st Century., Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, Description: Round Table discussion

Title of event: Moves 11: International Festival of Movement on Screen, Blue Coat, Liverpool. "Campus Moves:Using screen dance to archive creativity and performance", Location: Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool, Description: Invited speaker. To disseminate the research process of using screen dance as a medium to develop creative practices with disabled dancers.

Title of event: Ensemble Round Table (LJMU), Location: LJMU, I M Marsh Campus, Description: Invited speaker: Technology Champion for Ensemble Round Table - LJMU & Temple University, USA

Research Grants Awarded:

CETL, JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance, Grant value (£): 3600, Duration of research project: 1 year

CETL, JUMP IN(tegrated) Dance, Grant value (£): 3800, Duration of research project: 1 year