ERIC Number: EJ801982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Transdisciplinarity for Creative Futures: What Barriers and Opportunities?
McWilliam, Erica; Hearn, Greg; Haseman, Brad
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v45 n3 p247-253 Aug 2008
The call to "creativity" has become increasingly familiar as a catch-phrase of higher education policy. Much current academic and policy discussion, however, is based on assertions of the importance of "more creativity" without any clear sense of what the implications are for the disciplinary cultures that organise knowledge work within universities. This paper explores ways that transdisciplinarity can assist in making creativity more evident in the teaching and research activities of universities. It draws on transdisciplinary activity in the Creative Industries Faculty of one Australian university to explore this issue. The argument put here is that a transdisciplinary knowledge environment has a greater capacity to inform creative work futures. Such an environment is not so easily created in practice, as the paper demonstrates by elaborating lessons learnt from a transdisciplinary re-structure within the authors' own university context.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Creativity, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia