Los Angeles + Virtual
Los Angeles + Virtual

Critical Thinking and Creative Teaching
Event Date: January 8-10, 2025
Abstract Date: July 1, 2024
Part of the Focus on Pedagogy Series. In-person at Los Angeles, California, USA | Virtual from Chile & Indonesia
California State University Los Angeles, USA | Universidad de los Andes, Chile | Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia


21st century education has changed beyond all recognition. Virtual teaching, flipped classrooms, ungrading, collective syllabi and the teacher as learner are concepts that, for many traditionalists, are foreign terrain. The issues at play are multiple, varied and often polemic. In some instances, it results in calls for a ‘return’ to what is tried and trusted – tests, grades and rote learning. In others, there are calls for more creative, critical and ‘evolved’ approaches – further pushing the boundaries of how we conceive knowledge and its application. In short, there are calls for ever newer schools of thought.

This scenario applies across disciplines: in the design fields of architecture and graphics. In the fields of art and design. In the STEM sector and the social sciences. In the disparate fields of health and business, or media and the creative industries. Despite the conflicting opinions at play, every discipline is seeing more inclusive pedagogy, inverted classrooms and an ever increasing emphasis on student agency. In this context, we have no choice but to assess how we think about school.

Central to this process is critical thinking. How do students learn to be critical – and what does it mean to be critical of teaching? Are the methods we use to communicate knowledge relevant today? Do they engage the modern student, visual learners and the social media generation? While communication is a celebrated core skill in the humanities, and representation is central to disciplinary practice in the arts and design, communication and representation methods in teaching – our modes of delivery – still often go unexamined.

Aiming to explore these broad and interrelated issues, New Schools of Thought – Critical Thinking and Creative Teaching, brings together three universities seeking to better understand the emerging, evolving and established schools of thought in contemporary education. They ask questions in multiple strands including, but not limited to:

 > Inclusive Pedagogy. California State University, USA

> Critical Thinking in Teaching and Learning. Universidad de los Andes, Chile.

> Representation in Creative Pedagogy: The arts, humanities and design. Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia

AMPS | California State University, Los Angeles, USA | Universidad de los Andes, Chile | Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia

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  • Education
  • Art
  • Design
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Architecture
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Pedagogy
  • History
  • Architecture(s)
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
  • STEM
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Humanities
  • Health
  • Regional Studies
  • Sciences
  • City Infrastructure
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Arts
  • Teaching Technologies

Key Dates

Abstracts (Round 1)
01 July 2024
15 Aug 2024
Abstracts (Round 2)
15 Nov 2024
8-10 Jan 2025
Full Paper Submissions
15 March 2025
Full Paper Resubmissions
30 May 2025
15 Sep 2025


Inclusive Pedagogy
California State University, Los Angeles, USA
Critical Thinking in Teaching & Learning
Universidad de los Andes, Chile
Representation in Creative Pedagogy
Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia
Art, Design & Creativity
Engaged Teaching & Learning
Student Centered Pedagogy


In-person: Live in Los Angeles at the California State University campus

Zoom: Virtual presentations coordinated by AMPS & the teams in the US, Chile & Indonesia. 

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.

In-person: (15-20 mins)
Zoom: (15-20 mins)
Pre-recorded video: (15-20 mins)
Written papers: (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include Routledge Taylor & Francis, UCL Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Routledge Taylor & Francis, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $405 USD  |  Audience Fee: $205 USD                                                                                            Queries: conference@amps-research.com


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