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Title: Towards a practice-led research and teaching & learning environment : a case for Maltese cultural studies
Authors: Grech, John
Keywords: Culture -- Malta
Culture -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Education -- Research -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Grech, J. (2014). Towards a practice-led research and teaching & learning environment: a case for Maltese cultural studies. Malta Review of Educational Research, 8(2),238-274.
Abstract: This paper makes a case for the introduction of cultural studies at the University of Malta as part of a concerted effort towards the foundation of a specialised creative cultural pedagogical programme aimed at producing a rigorous range of taught and research objectives including a sharp focus on practice-led critical cultural research. The argument is based on a dual impulse embedded in cultural studies which produces intellectual work that is both a research practice in itself as well as an imperative to situate that work in practical everyday culture. Alongside creative and artistic practice, cultural studies, it is shown, has legitimate dealings in both the academy where it participates in scholarly discourses concerning the production of culture as well as dealing in the world beyond the University where, in everyday life, cultural studies researchers participate directly in the production and transformation of culture. Thus as a practice, cultural studies participates in both the spheres of everyday life through the production of culture as well as in the academy through the production of knowledge. It is this dual imperative which gives cultural studies its peculiarly critical edge, for this demands that knowledge engages directly with daily cultural practice to reveal the interconnection between politics, culture and knowledge production. Thus cultural studies may be regarded as both a form of production in the formation of daily life, albeit with a heightened sense of intellectual rigour, as much as it is a discursive scholarly activity conducted in the academy. It is this combinative and yet practical approach to research and teaching outputs and outcomes that gives cultural studies a crucial and potentially pivotal role in the formation of a creative contemporary practice-led research curriculum at the University.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:MRER, Volume 8, Issue 2
MRER, Volume 8, Issue 2

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