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Valuing creativity in the higher education sector : what price the creative knowledge economy?

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posted on 2008-07-01, 00:00 authored by Bernadette Walker-Gibbs
Contemporary economic and social contexts including the creative knowledge economy provide competing perspectives on ‘the future’ of higher education and the role of the academic within these contexts. Increasingly educators and educationa leaders are expected to act in ‘futures’ oriented ways whilst remaining true to the professional standards of their present environments. Working in the creative industries or as part of the creative knowledge economy increasingly contributes to Australia’s strategic directions for the future but also has an influence on what is valued in the higher education sector.
This paper explores the impact of the creative knowledge economy on the higher education sector and its response to the changing educational landscapes. An exploration is undertaken of the shift towards creative industries where the value of creativity and the arts is linked to economic value. It is argued that this shift requires researchers to alter their identities from that of having ‘academic’ value to engaging with the commodification of knowledge. The paper concludes with a suggested way forward for both the creative industries and the higher education sector using Giri’s (2002) model for transdisciplinarity.

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Journal

International journal of pedagogies and learning

Volume

4

Issue

3

Pagination

5 - 12

Publisher

University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Education

Location

Toowoomba, Qld

ISSN

1833-4105

Language

eng

Notes

(Special Theme Issue: Pedagogical Meanings Emerging in Practice)

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Education

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