(Neoliberalized) Collaborative Turn and Art Education

  • Nadine M. Kalin
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter lays out the broader contexts from which collaboration comes to the foreground at this time and sounds a number of cautions against the collaborative turn as evidenced in the 21st Century Skills, new Finnish National Curriculum Framework, and cultural industries. Collaboration’s promotion is due to post-Fordist labor models and the rise of network structures. Within this nexus, collaboration maintains a democratic aura of a horizontal, decentralized platform for learning and creating that resists and subverts more restrictive vertical power structures. To flesh out these movements, I consider the model of project work within post-Fordist labor along with precarious, post-studio practices associated with the cultural and creative industries. I assert an appeal for the autonomy of collaboration within art education apart from entrepreneurial ends.


Creativity Discipline Collaboration Finnish education Post-Fordism 


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  • Nadine M. Kalin
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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