Dr Edwin Creely

Dr Edwin Creely

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Edwin (Ed) Creely is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

He is an educator, academic, and writer with an interest in creativity, poetry, literacy (L1 and L2), theory and philosophy, digital pedagogy and technology, and learning. He has wide ranging experience in education from primary and secondary to tertiary and adult education.

His current projects include being an editor on a book about phenomenological inquiry in education, creativity, risk and failure in policy and practice, poetry pedagogy and an ethnographic investigation of an older adult poetry class.

Core to Ed’s work is his interest in innovation and creative practices and bringing new models and perspectives to educational research and practice. He also has an abiding interest in phenomenology and its applications in educational research.


Research interests:

  • creativity, technologies and innovation
  • literacy, including academic literacies and L1/L2 practices
  • creative practices: poetry, drama and digital         composition
  • digital pedagogy
  • graduate education, including doctoral education
  • phenomenological inquiry and understanding learning
  • the intersections of theory and practice
  • critical discourse analysis (CDA)
  • lifelong learning

Recent Publications


Mehta, R., Creely, E. & Henriksen, D. (in press). A Profitable Education: Countering Neoliberalism in 21st Century Skills Discourses. In Handbook of Research on Literacy and Digital Technology Integration in Teacher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Raphael, J., O’Mara, J., Whitburn, B., Creely, E., Anderson, K. & Moss, J. (in press). Encountering Diversity: Drama as a transformative pedagogy for preparing inclusive-minded teachers. In Studies in Inclusive Education: Inclusive Education is a Right, right? London: Brill.


Creely, E. & Henriksen, D. (In press). Creativity and digital technologies. Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. New York: Springer.


Creely, E. & Laletas, S. (in press). Transitions, transformations and finding success. A phenomenological analysis of the experiences of a doctoral student in early candidature. Higher Education Research & Development.


Creely, E. (2019). ‘Poetry is dying’: Creating a (re)new(ed) pedagogical vision for teaching poetry. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 42(2), 116-127. 


Creely, E. & Tour, E. (2019). EAL teachers’ professional learning about digital literacies: a socio-material perspective. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1302-1309). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 25, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/207812/


Creely, E., Henderson, M. & Henriksen, D. (2019). Failing to succeed: The value of failure in creativity. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1403-1411). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 26, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/207829/


Henriksen, D.,  Creely, E. & Henderson, M. (2019). Failing in Creativity: The Problem of Policy and Practice in Australia and the United States. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 55(1), 4-10, DOI: 10.1080/00228958.2019.1549429


Creely, E. & Diamond, F. (2018, November 21). Where has the joy of writing gone and how do we get it back for our children? The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/where-has-the-joy-of-writing-gone-and-how-do-we-get-it-back-for-our-children-101900


Creely, E., Henriksen, D. & Henderson, M. (2018). Understanding creativity and the role of technology in education: a tri-modal approach. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2495-2503). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 29, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/184663/


Creely, E. (2018). What’s poetry got to do with it? The importance of poetry for enhancing literacy and fostering student engagement. Literacy learning: The middle years, 26(3), 64-70


Henriksen, D., Henderson, M., Creely, E., Ceretkova, S., Černochová, M., Sendova, E., Sointu, E. & Tienken, C. H. (2018). Creativity and Technology in Education: An International PerspectiveTechnology, Knowledge and Learning23(2), 409-424.


Creely, E. (2018). Google and education: a critical perspective. Digital Education Research@Monash. http://newmediaresearch.educ.monash.edu.au/lnm/google-and-education-a-critical-perspective/


Creely, E. (2018). ‘Understanding things from within’. A Husserlian phenomenological approach to doing educational research and inquiring about learning.” International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41(1), 104-122.


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