ERIC Number: EJ1039662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
Science in a New Mode: Good Old (Theoretical) Science versus Brave New (Commodified) Knowledge Production?
Science & Education, v22 n10 p2443-2461 Oct 2013
The present transformation of the university system is conceptualized in terms of such terminologies as "Mode-2 knowledge production" and the "entrepreneurial university." What is remarkable about these analyses is how closely they link the generally accepted requirement of more socially relevant knowledge to the commercialization of university research. This paper critically examines the Mode-1/Mode-2 distinction through a combination of philosophical and empirical analysis. It argues that, from the perspective of actual scientific practice, this Mode-1/Mode-2 distinction and the related transition thesis do not stand closer scrutiny. Theoretical "Mode-1" science shares "Mode-2" features in being also problem-oriented, interventive and transdisciplinary. On the other hand, the empirical case on language technology demonstrates that even in "Mode-2"-like research, undertaken in the "context of application," scientists make a distinction between more difficult scientific problems and those that are considered more applied or commercial. Moreover, the case shows that the need to make such distinctions may even become more acute due to the compromises imposed by the commercialization of research.
Descriptors: Scientific Enterprise, Research Problems, Higher Education, Universities, Commercialization, Scientific Research, Culturally Relevant Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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