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Manning, C. (2005). Learning with the arts: palettes, performance & employability skills. Rhizome, 1 185-201.


This research explores the ways in which the arts and learning with the arts can motivate adults to learn and build the skills needed to succeed at work. Through several case studies it unveils the learning experiences of adults who participated in courses, which utilised the skills, techniques and environments offered by the performing and visual arts. This paper presents an analysis of the participants' perceptions of learning with the arts by applying the Employability Skills Framework developed by the Department of Education, Science and Training in 2002 which identifies the skills valued in the workplace. With the emergence of learning with the arts in work related settings the findings provide details on whether the arts assist in the development of employability skills.

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