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ERIC Number: EJ821924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Education, Knowledge and the Network Society
Stoer, Stephen R.; Magalhaes, Antonio M.
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v2 n3 p319-335 Nov 2004
The "development of individual capacities", in addition to the "education of responsible citizens" and the "preparation for work", constitutes one of the most important objectives to be achieved by education systems and, in this sense, makes up one of the main planks of that which Dale terms "mandates for the education system", i.e. projects for education based on "conceptions of what it is desirable and legitimate for the education system to bring about". In a previous work we tried to map out, on the basis of the objectives "preparation for work" and "education of responsible citizens", the outlines of a new mandate for European education policy that appears to be in the making in accord with recent socio-economic, political and educational developments. In this article, we centre our attention on the "development of individual capacities" in an attempt to map out the effects of the simultaneous pressure, top-down and bottom-up, that has been increasingly brought to bear on the nation state and on the education system. With regard to the first, it is argued that what is at stake is the transformation of knowledge itself into money (i.e. pure performance), while with regard to the second, there appears to be taking place a movement of knowledge from the school (national level) to the local community in which this latter is interpreted as the "educative city" (where a "transparent" communicational pedagogy holds sway). This work aims at challenging the dichotomy constructed by way of an analysis of the implications, for both pedagogy and the development of individual capacities, of the development and consolidation of a network state and society. (Contains 3 notes.)
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