Educating the creative workforce : new directions for 21st century schooling

McWilliam, Erica L. & Haukka, Sandra (2008) Educating the creative workforce : new directions for 21st century schooling. British Education Research Journal, 34(5 (Special Issues on Creativity and Performativity)), pp. 651-666.

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This article sets out reasons for arguing that creativity is not garnish to the roast of industry or of education—i.e. the reasoning behind Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi's insistence that creativity is not only about elites but involves everyone. This article investigates three key domains—scholarship, commerce and learning—to argue the importance of moving creativity from the margins of formal education to its centre. First, the article elaborates the scholarly work being done to bring definitional clarity to the concept of creativity, moving it from the realm of mystery, serendipity and individual genius to a definitional field that is more amenable to analysis. It then provides evidence about the extent to which creative capacity is being understood to be a powerful economic driver, not simply the province of the arts and the hobbyist. Finally, it examines new learning theory and its implications for formal education, noting both the possibilities and pitfalls in preparing young people for creative workforce futures.

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ID Code: 18131
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Creativity, Formal education, Schooling, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/01411920802224204
ISSN: 0141-1926
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [British Education Research Journal, 34(5 (Special Issues on Creativity and Performativity)). pp. 651-666.]. [British Education Research Journal] is available online at informaworldTM with
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2009 03:01
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:57

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