NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


By Dr Peter Charles Taylor — Since the Age of Enlightenment, which gave birth to the modern scientific worldview, education systems have engaged students of science in learning to understand objectively - at arm’s length - the world out there: the material world of naturally occurring objects and events.

A new book by Flinders Uni Professor Julian Meyrick and colleagues, Robert Phiddian and Tully Barnett: What Matters? Talking Value in Australian Culture published by Monash University Press, explores the current political preoccupation with metrics and measurement when applied to cultural value. Julian explained: “The book does not present another

In the contemporary climate, education contexts are becoming increasingly heterogeneous and multicultural spaces. This diversity presents teachers, students and communities with exciting opportunities, but also creates complex challenges to navigate and understand.

Academics convinced of the folly of user pays systems of education have long complained about the steady decline of equity resulting from the ratchetting effect applied to the HECS scheme since its introduction. This is compounded by the attendant impact on quality as each school and program must approach revenue