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ERIC Number: EJ980318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Intellectual Technologies in the Fashioning of Learning Societies
Edwards, Richard
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v36 n1 p69-78 Feb 2004
In this article, the author explores the role of research in relation to EU policy on lifelong learning as part of the strategies and techniques of contemporary governing, wherein research is positioned as one of the intellectual technologies of governance, both one of those actions at a distance and contributing to such actions. Here the subjects drawn upon to represent lifelong learning and learning societies are "an "intellectual technology", a way of making visible and intelligible certain features of persons, their conducts, and their relations with one another." In particular, the author explores both the subject that is both drawn upon to do research and the subject who is positioned to be worked upon and through by policy. What he wants to suggest is that the research-policy discourse positions the subject in specific ways and provides the tools through which those subjects are worked upon and encouraged to work upon themselves to make them more productive--economically and socially. Here the learning subject is positioned in particular ways--autonomous, flexible, enterprising--within a moral economy designed to populate and order a learning society of a particular sort. This is signified in pedagogies that focus on the development of autonomy, self-direction, core and transferable skills, learning to learn, etc. A learning subject is one who adopts a learning approach to life as part of their care of their selves. Lifelong learning becomes one of the intellectual technologies through which social, economic and political practices are reordered.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union