Developing agency in the creative career : a design-based framework for work integrated learning

Zelenko, Oksana & Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2014) Developing agency in the creative career : a design-based framework for work integrated learning. In Hearn, Greg, Bridgstock, Ruth, Goldsmith, Ben, & Rodgers, Jessica (Eds.) Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries : Innovation, Employment and Education. Edward Elgar Publishing Company, Cheltenham, pp. 211-225.

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Research shows that approximately half of creative practitioners operate as embedded creatives by securing gainful employment within organisations located in the field beyond their core discipline. This foregrounds the significance of having the skills necessary to successfully cross the disciplinary boundaries in order to negotiate a professional role. The multiple implications of such reframing for emerging creative practitioners who navigate uncertain professional boundaries include developing a skill of identifying and successfully targeting the shifting professional and industry coordinates while remaining responsive to changes. A further implication involves creative practitioners engaging in a continuous cycle of re-negotiation of their professional identity making the management of multiple professional selves - along with creating and recreating a meaningful frame of references such as the language around their emerging practice - a necessary skill. This chapter presents a case study of a set of Work Integrated Learning subjects designed to develop in creative industries practitioners the skills to manage their emerging professional identities in response to the shifts in the professional world.

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ID Code: 71718
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 9781782545705
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Edward Elgar Publishing Company
Deposited On: 21 May 2014 00:02
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 15:11

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