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Crafted Futures: new teaching, learning and research for craft in the Australian tertiary academy

Rubenis, N and Nicol, R 2021 , 'Crafted Futures: new teaching, learning and research for craft in the Australian tertiary academy', in Q Saad (ed.), Proceedings of the 'Futuring Craft' IOTA21 International Conference , Curtin University, Perth, Australia, pp. 179-191 .

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Abstract

Recent closures of courses and programs across the tertiary sector have been preceded by amalgamations and absorption into larger homogenous programs. University funding metrics require increased student to teacher ratios that have significantly changed student experience and altered established pathways and models of practice. Craft disciplines do not realise adequate measurable value and impact, relative to our colleagues in sciences and social sciences. These serious challenges invite thoughtful reform. To remain viable, craft will be required to contribute deeply considered responses to critical issues across social, ethical, cultural, political, and material imperatives, as well as other forms of innovation. This paper will present several scenarios where tertiary craft programs do have unrealised potential and a positive future as demonstrated through the capacity to play a serious role in contributing new knowledge on a range of issues with potential to engage nationally identified research priorities.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Rubenis, N and Nicol, R
Keywords: craft, change, impact, innovation, reform, pedagogy
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 'Futuring Craft' IOTA21 International Conference
Publisher: Curtin University
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