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Lively (if increasingly predictable) articles still appear in the THES and elsewhere on a regular basis contesting the form and value of the RAE, lambasting the whole exercise as symptomatic of the dissolution of the liberal academic tradition and lamenting the craven inability of academics to do other than imbricate themselves in a process of self-destruction. However, although the form of the RAE is beyond renegotiation, there is still time to make a significant contribution to the further definition of the parameters of practice research for work produced by practice-centred media educators. There are two areas of particular concern. The first is in the field of experimental work, characteristically producing concept models or demonstrators with limited public exhibition potential. Here the issues around what constitutes research are similar to those already addressed over the last decade by the disciplinary associations for art and design and live performance practitioners working in higher education (although less clearly developed in media contexts). The second, specific to the screen media, centres on ways in which mainstream film and television production may be constructed as research. This debate still has some way to go - the role of the subject associations (AMPE, NAHEMI) is vital in terms of lobbying, and the Journal of Media Practice has an important contribution in terms of and promoting debate.

Keywords: RAE; screen media; vocational awards

Document Type: Editorial

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jmpr.5.1.5/0

Affiliations: University of Bristol

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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  • The Journal of Media Practice is a peer-reviewed publication addressing practical work in media teaching and research. To this end, the editorial board and consultative panels comprise prominent academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines committed to the achievement of academic and professional ends through means centred on practical work.
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