Transdisciplinarity for creative futures : what barriers and opportunities?

McWilliam, Erica L., Hearn, Gregory N., & Haseman, Bradley C. (2008) Transdisciplinarity for creative futures : what barriers and opportunities? Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 45(3), pp. 247-253.

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The call to 'creativity' has become increasingly familiar as a catch-phrase of higher education policy. Much current academic and policy discussion, however, is based on assertions of the importance of 'more creativity' without any clear sense of what the implications are for the disciplinary cultures that organise knowledge work within universities. This paper explores ways that transdisciplinarity can assist in making creativity more evident in the teaching and research activities of universities. It draws on transdisciplinary activity in the Creative Industries Faculty of one Australian university to explore this issue. The argument put here is that a transdisciplinary knowledge environment has a greater capacity to inform creative work futures. Such an environment is not so easily created in practice, as the paper demonstrates by elaborating lessons learnt from a transdisciplinary re-structure within the authors' own university context.

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ID Code: 20890
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: transdisciplinarity, higher education, creative industries, research policy, leadership and management, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14703290802176097
ISSN: 1470-3297
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Routledge
Deposited On: 31 May 2009 22:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 22:01

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