Educating the early career arts professional using a hybrid model of work based learning

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– authored with Peter Bryant and Alan Durrant, published in Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, Vol.3 Iss.1

Citation: Bryant, P., Akinleye, A and A. Durrant, (2013) Educating the early career arts professional using a hybrid model of work based learning, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, Vol. 3 Iss: 1, pp.17 – 29

Abstract: Using data drawn from two cohorts of learners studying the Bachelor of Arts (ProfessionalPractice) programme at Middlesex University, thepurpose of this paper is to critically analyse the effectiveness of work based learning in improving the skills bases of early career arts professionals in the twenty‐first century and to explore the changing place and role of “traditional” concepts of knowledge and teaching.

The study identified three emerging themes in terms of the role of knowledge attainment for theearly career arts professional undertaking work based learning. First, knowledge attainment processes shift from a push model to a pull model, second the authors noted a change in theinequalities in knowledge attainment facilitated by the use of the web 2.0 platforms and third it is argued that there are recognisable differences in the value and use of experientially gain knowledge in the establishing and in the established practitioner. The study then suggests changes that may occur in terms of curriculum design, delivery and pedagogy to support establishing arts professionals through a work based learningprogramme.

Keywords: professional practice, connected learning, Web 2.0, establishing practitioner, work-based learning, learning