Re-engaging marginalized youth through digital music production: performance, audience and evaluation

Brader, Andy & Luke, Allan (2013) Re-engaging marginalized youth through digital music production: performance, audience and evaluation. Pedagogies : An International Journal, 8(3), pp. 197-214.

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This paper presents two case studies of marginalised youth experimenting with digital music production in flexible education settings. The cases were drawn from a three-year study of alternative assessment in flexible learning centres that enrol 650+ students who have left formal schooling in Queensland, Australia. The cases are framed in reference to the literature on cultural studies approaches to education and the digital arts. Each case describes the student’s histories, cultural background and experiences, music productions, evidence of learning and re-engagement with education. Findings document how digital music production can re-engage and extend participation among students who have left formal education. They do so by theorising the online judgements and blog comments about the digital music production as a social field of exchange. It also raises critical questions about the adequacy of current approaches to evaluating and accounting for the learning and development of such youth, especially where this has occurred through creative arts and digital production.

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ID Code: 49840
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Flexible education, Adolescence, Digital Arts, Assessment, Social networking
ISSN: 1554-4818
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Pedagogies : An International Journal © [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Pedagogies : An International Journal is available online at:
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2012 22:18
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