Rounding the edge(s) of a (torrid) region: designing arts capstone curriculum at JCU

Forbes, Amy, and Craven, Allison (2012) Rounding the edge(s) of a (torrid) region: designing arts capstone curriculum at JCU. In: 2012 ACEN Conference Proceedings (1) pp. 51-55. From: 2012 ACEN Conference 'Collaborative Education: Investing in the Future', 29 October - 2 November 2012, Geelong, Victoria .

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This paper concerns the development of an interdisciplinary capstone subject for Bachelor of Arts students at James Cook University that showcases the faculty-based approach WIL strategy outlined by Patrick et al. (2008) where WIL is incorporated into core curriculum through "sequential teaching and assessment approaches from first to final year". In 2010, two first year core subjects were introduced into the BA to address transition, retention, and skill-building. The design of the capstone subject follows this initiative and also targets a unique set of conditions: enhancement of the stagnant outlook for graduate transition and employability; embrace of JCU Singapore student cohort; and address to the university's strategic intent in re-branding its historical tropical profile and its expanding perspectives in the Asia-Pacific region. BA3000 Arts Edge, the resulting subject, represents not only an expansive exercise in applied and self-directed learning for students but also a unique enterprise in transdisciplinary staff interaction as well as engaging alumni, community and industry. The project has posed some formidable challenges and also exposed potential WIL and capstone interfaces. We discuss these emerging outcomes and this reconfigured space of learning and teaching in describing the development of the key activity, "The Edge".

Item ID: 23912
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9805706-2-5
Keywords: capstone, WIL, liberal arts, interdisciplinary, graduate attributes, transition, tropical
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2012 04:05
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 90%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 10%
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