'Creative destruction': knowledge economy policy and the future of arts and humanities in the academy
Bullen, Elizabeth, Robb, Simon and Kenway, Jane 2004, 'Creative destruction': knowledge economy policy and the future of arts and humanities in the academy, Journal of education policy, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 3-22.
Policy conceptualizations of the global knowledge economy have led to the channelling of much Higher Education and Research and Development funding into the priority areas of science and technology. Among other things, this diversion of funding calls into question the future of traditional humanities and creative arts faculties. How these faculties, and the disciplines within them, might reconfigure themselves for the knowledge economy is, therefore, a question of great importance, although one that as yet has not been adequately answered. This paper explores some of the reasons for this by looking at how innovation in the knowledge economy is typically theorized. It takes one policy trajectory informing Australia's key innovation statement as an example. It argues that, insofar as the formation of this knowledge economy policy has been informed by a techno-economic paradigm, it works to preclude many humanities and creative arts disciplines. This paper, therefore, looks at how an alternative theorization of the knowledge economy might offer a more robust framework from within which to develop humanities and creative arts Higher Education and Research policy in the knowledge economy, both in Australia and internationally. 1 This article draws on the Australian Research Council project, Knowledge/economy/society: a sociological study of an education policy discourse in Australia in globalising circumstances, being conducted by Jane Kenway, Elizabeth Bullen and Simon Robb. This 3-year project looks at how understandings of the knowledge economy and knowledge society inform current education policy and, in turn, how this policy translates into educational practice. The methodology includes policy analysis, interviews with policy makers in government, and supranational organizations. It also includes cameo studies of innovative educational practice, two of which we draw on here.
This is an electronic version of an article published in 'Creative destruction`: knowledge economy policy and the future of arts and humanities in the academy, Journal of Education Policy, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 3-22. The Journal of Education Policy is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1464–5106&volume=19&issue=1&spage=3
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130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
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