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‘Fail better’ : doctoral examination and the creative field

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Donna BrienDonna Brien, Sandra BurrSandra Burr, J Webb
Anyone working in the creative arts is likely to have to deal with ‘failure’ at some stage. This paper briefly outlines the rhetoric associated with the concepts of success and failure, and then moves to how these terms and the values associated with them are applied in the process of examination. We critique the pervasive focus on ‘positive’ results, and posit what may be alternate ways to think about creative processes and their outcomes. Drawing on data gathered for an Australian government funded project, ‘Examination of doctoral degrees in creative arts: process, practice and standards’, we discuss failure in the light of current examination practices and processes in the creative arts, and from the point of view of candidates, supervisors, examiners and research higher degree administrators. We provide definitions for ‘failure’ in this context, and explore whether – and how – failure can be useful in doctoral level creative arts.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

17

Issue

2

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

ISSN

1327-9556

Location

Canberra

Publisher

Australian Association of Writing Programs

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); School of Education and the Arts (2013- ); University of Canberra;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Text.