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Considering the effects and desirability of the employability agenda in Higher Education and the role of a creative pedagogy as an enabling factor

Considering the effects and desirability of the employability agenda in Higher Education and the role of a creative pedagogy as an enabling factor

Lewis, Jesmond (2014) Considering the effects and desirability of the employability agenda in Higher Education and the role of a creative pedagogy as an enabling factor. In: Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference 2014, 8-10 April 2014, University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Education is a major site of contestation with the presentation of particular ideological responses as common sense solutions. Education is not a neutral site; it shapes our future citizens, and is, therefore, a site of political interest and involvement. The role of shaping young minds is imbued with a responsibility to shape those minds in a way that is considered most productive within the dominant ideology of the time. Times of paradigm shift enable and demand the deconstruction and reconstruction of educational practices, they also create anxieties that cause ideas based on past practices to be posited as certainties that can be grasped onto as ‘common sense’.

This paper argues that:
1. Whilst not unproblematic, Higher Education should prepare students for emerging working practices.
2. Traditional academic approaches have their own importance but can also be a barrier to achieving point 1.
3. Producing highly educated citizens should not be simply a matter of producing citizens imbued with the values of the current dominant ideology
4. Far from being a non-vocational, non-academic subject, creativity and creative activity can be central to a pedagogy that addresses both emergent working practices and academic development.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative pedagogy, employability, Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 13:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15116

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