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ERIC Number: EJ870201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
"They Give You Tools and They Give You a Lot, but It Is up to You to Use Them": The Creation of Performing Artists through an Integrated Learning and Teaching Curriculum
Guile, David; Okumoto, Kaori
Studies in the Education of Adults, v41 n1 p21-38 Spr 2009
This article explores the extent to which aspiring entrants to the performing arts industry have to develop both the forms of "vocational practice" employers require and "social capital" to enable them to operate effectively in external labour markets (i.e. contract-based and networked-generated work). It focuses on the work of one college--the WAC Performing Arts and Media College--that has developed and designed together with industry partners a programme to help aspiring entrants to enter the performing arts industry. Concepts from social capital and situated learning theory are used to illustrate the way in which WAC: (i) has accumulated the expertise and networks over the years to create an integrated learning teaching curriculum; (ii) uses this curriculum to develop participants' vocational practice and social capital and thus position them to make effective transitions into the performing arts' notoriously tricky labour market. It concludes by highlighting the implications of this analysis for UK education and training policy. (Contains 6 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom