Setting the Scene
This chapter sets the scene for the book and introduces the reader to our ideas about creativity and higher education to prepare students to work in an environment that is increasingly moving away from full-time employment toward freelancing and casualisation in the media industries. Preparing students for life in a dynamic set of global creative industries is no easy task. The brave new world they will enter has been shaped by a perfect storm of digitisation, globalisation and neoliberalism. In the face of these seemingly all-encompassing forces, our students need to be not only resilient, entrepreneurial and locally-focused and globally aware, but also, just as importantly, they must have a thorough understanding of the creative processes and practices they employ as they try to keep pace with worldwide trends. This chapter sets the scene for the development of Systems Centred Learning and outlines what we will be discussing in the following chapters.
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