The creative citizen : understanding the value of design education programs in the knowledge economy

Wright, Natalie, Davis, Rebekah, & Bucolo, Sam (2013) The creative citizen : understanding the value of design education programs in the knowledge economy. In Reitan, Janne Beate, Lloyd, Peter James, Bohemia, Erik, Merete Nielsen, Liv, Digranes, Ingvild, & Lutnæs, Eva (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (Volume 4), ABM-media, Oslo, Norway, pp. 2230-2248.

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Abstract

The knowledge economy relies on the diffusion and use of knowledge as well as its creation (Houghton and Sheenan, 2000). The future success of economic activity will depend on the capacity of organisations to transform by increasing their flexibility. In particular, this transformation is dependant on a decentralised, networked and multi-skilled workforce. To help organisations transition, new strategies and structures for education are required. Education systems need to concentrate less on specialist skills and more on the development of people with broad-based problem solving skills that are adaptable, with social and inter-personal communication skills necessary for networking and communication. This paper presents the findings of a ‘Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping Study’ conducted to identify the value of design education programs from primary through to tertiary level in Queensland, Australia. The relationship of these programs to the development of the capacities mentioned above is explored. The study includes the collection of qualitative and quantitative data consisting of a literature review, focus groups and survey. Recommendations for the future development of design education programs in Queensland, Australia are proposed, and future research opportunities are presented and discussed.

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ID Code: 56343
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: knowledge economy, creative economy, design education, HERN
ISBN: 9788293298052
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Continuing and Community Education (130101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 ABM-media and the Authors
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Deposited On: 22 Feb 2013 00:15
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2014 15:30

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