Embedded creative workers and creative work in education

Goldsmith, Ben & Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2015) Embedded creative workers and creative work in education. Journal of Education and Work, 28(4), pp. 369-387.

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This article is concerned with the many connections between creative work and workers, and education work and industries. Employment in the education sector has long been recognised as a significant element in creative workers’portfolio careers. Much has been written, for exam- ple, about the positive contribution of ‘artists in schools’ initiatives. Australian census analyses reveal that education is the most common industry sector into which creative workers are ‘embedded’, outside of the core creative industries. However, beyond case studies and some survey research into arts instruction and instructors, we know remarkably little about in which education roles and sectors creative workers are embedded, and the types of value that they add in those roles and sectors. This article reviews the extant literature on creative work and workers in education, and presents the findings of a survey of 916 graduates from creative undergraduate degrees in Australia. The findings suggest that education work is very common among creative graduates indeed, while there are a range of motivating factors for education work among creative graduates, on average they are satisfied with their careers, and that creative graduates add significant creative-cultural and creative-generic value add through their work.

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ID Code: 81993
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 20 Feb 2015. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on August 2016
Keywords: embedded creative employment, education, creative occupations, graduate surveys, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2014.997684
ISSN: 1363-9080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2015 06:09
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 18:46

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