ERIC Number: EJ868983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 30
Scopic Systems, Pipes, Models and Transfers in the Global Circulation of Educational Knowledge and Practices
Sobe, Noah W.; Ortegon, Nicole D.
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v108 n2 p49-66 Sep 2009
The purported "liquidity" of knowledge is often posed as one of the defining characteristics of the present "age of globalization." Liquidity describes the present moment as one marked by flows, flexibility and flux, and it also can be invoked to define the here-and-now by suggesting contrasts and departures from earlier historical eras. This paper focuses on "educational knowledge"--the corpus of rationalized expertise, best practices, and outcome-oriented scientific problematizations of educational practice and school organization. Educational knowledge, one can argue, has become as mobile and liquid as other forms of knowledge. Yet, here the authors propose to take a step back and focus their attention on what makes liquidity and flow possible: the material and nonmaterial structures and organizational forms that enable and facilitate the mobility of knowledge. An orienting premise of this paper is that these structures and forms are domain-specific, and, thus, one needs specifically to look at the particular historical circumstances and configurations that sustain (and sometimes accelerate) the worldwide flows of educational knowledge.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Communication (Thought Transfer), Global Approach, Delivery Systems, Information Networks, Information Transfer, Knowledge Management, Time Perspective, Educational Practices, Models, Interaction, Administrative Organization, Epistemology
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