UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Title of Proceedings: 
international conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Developing New Learning Contexts for a Globalising World, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Month of Conference: 
June 2009
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Ruth BRIDGSTOCK
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
Creativity is a key determinant of growth in knowledge economies. As never before, economic success is reliant upon the collective ability to create new products and services, and combine them in novel ways (Hearn and Rooney, 2008). The idea of individual creative capacity has also been renovated for this new era, moving beyond conventional ideas of 'creative thinking' and 'creative problem solving' to include all that is required to navigate a working lifetime involving continual transmutation of symbolic knowledge into economic and social assets (Florida, 2003). Transformations in the nature of work necessitate complementary transformations in how we prepare students for employment. The twentieth century notions of disciplinary-specific knowledge and generic 'core skills' for employability are of limited use in a workforce characterised by loose transdisciplinary networks and rapid innovation cycles. Bridgstock (2009) proposed that individual and organisational success is now predicated upon the ability to self-manage an ongoing process of responsive self-reinvention, whilst maintaining alignment with core individual and social values. This paper asks: What can educators do to assist the development of these crucial self-management abilities in students? In doing so, it investigates the contributions of formal and informal higher education learning environments from the perspectives of 40 recent university graduates from two countries, via in-depth interviews. Key questions addressed by the research include: (i) which experiences within and beyond the classroom are instrumental to the development of a successful self-managing graduate, and (ii) how can these experiences be reproduced and enhanced to produce adaptable and innovative graduates who will drive the knowledge economy forward?
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