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ERIC Number: ED528535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-6
Pages: 252
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4156-1506-8
Educating for the Knowledge Economy? Critical Perspectives
Lauder, Hugh, Ed.; Young, Michael, Ed.; Daniels, Harry, Ed.; Balarin, Maria, Ed.; Lowe, John, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
The promise, embraced by governments around the world, is that the knowledge economy will provide knowledge workers with a degree of autonomy and permission to think which enables them to be creative and to attract high incomes. What credence should we give to this promise? The current economic crisis is provoking a reappraisal of both economic and educational policy. Policy makers and educationists across the world see education as central to economic competitiveness. However, this book asks fundamental questions about the relationship between the economy and education since, in contrast to policy makers' rhetoric, the relationship between the two sectors is not straightforward. An unorthodox account of the knowledge economy and economic globalisation suggests that autonomy in the workplace and permission to think will be only given to the elite. In this view many aspirant well-educated middle-class young workers are doomed to disappointment. In this book, leading scholars from the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand discuss these issues and interrogate the assumptions and links between the different elements of education and how they might relate to the economy. Even if we assume that the official view of the knowledge economy is correct are we educating young people to be autonomous, creative thinkers? Are current policies relating to knowledge, learning and assessment consistent with the kinds of workers and skills required for the knowledge economy? "Educating for the Knowledge Economy?" will appeal to academics, policy makers, teachers and students interested in the central role of education in the knowledge economy. After an introduction by Hugh Lauder, this book is divided into three sections. Section I, The "Knowledge Economy" and Education, contains the following: (2) Globalisation, Crisis and The Political Economy of The International Monetary (Dis)order (Ankie Hoogvelt); (3) The Global Auction, Skill Bias Theory and Graduate Incomes: Reflections on Methodology (Hugh Lauder, Phillip Brown and Gerbrand Tholen); (4) "Openness" and the Global Knowledge Commons: An Emerging Mode of Social Production for Education and Science (Michael A. Peters); and (5) Learning and Contradiction Across Boundaries (Harry Daniels). Section II, Knowledge and The Economy, contains the following: (6) The Educational Revolution and The Transformation of Work (David P. Baker); (7) Forms of Knowledge and Curriculum Coherence (Johan Muller); (8) Education, Globalisation and the "Voice of Knowledge" (Michael Young); and (9) The Problem With Competency Based Training (and Why Constructivism Makes Things Worse) (Leesa Wheelahan). Section III, Pedagogy, Assessment, the Demands of the Knowledge Economy and Social Justice?, contains the following: (10) Numbers in Grids of Intelligibility: Making Sense of How Educational Truth Is Told (Thomas S. Popkewitz); (11) Assessing Educational Reform: Accountability, Standards and The Utility of Qualifications (Harry Torrance); (12) School and the Pupils' Work (Bernard Charlot); and (13) Social Class and School Knowledge: Revisiting the Sociology and Politics of the Curriculum in the 21st Century (Geoff Whitty).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States