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The New Development Paradigm

Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures


Edited By Michael Peters, Tina (Athlone C.) Besley and Daniel Araya

Although the concept of «development education» has been widely adopted, the term is still not widely understood. With the advent of globalization, the knowledge economy, and, in particular, the formulation of the World Bank’s «knowledge for development» strategy and the UNDP’s «creative economy», development issues have become a central part of education and education has become central to development. It is time to reassess the standard development education paradigm and to investigate the possibilities that take into account emerging trends. The New Development Paradigm, written by international authorities, focuses on three related themes: education, the knowledge economy and openness; social networking, new media and social entrepreneurship in education; and technology, innovation and participatory networks.


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14. Toward the Multi-Vocal University Ronald Barnett 264


• 1 4 • RONALD BARNETT Introduction Did the university ever have a voice? Does its voice need to be recovered, or maybe even discovered for the first time? What might it mean for the university to have a voice? Could there be a university voice, a voice of the university? Or would it be simply a cacophony of voices as each university strove to make its voice heard in a competitive milieu? These are some of the questions that will concern us here. These questions are urgent and complex enough as they are, but they take on even more urgency and complexity against the horizons of the knowledge economy and potential digital futures for the university. On the one hand, the knowledge economy orients the university’s voice toward a market; the university’s voice becomes one of declaring and projecting—and even shouting—its knowledge wares to attract potential customers. On the other hand, the new digital landscape is opening new opportunities for a freer voice; an unfettered voice; an open distri- bution of its messages. So the university’s voice closes and opens, and is transmit- ted in different directions all at once. This is the coming of the multi-vocal university: many voices, many audiences, many modes of production and transmission, and at once singular and universal. Exploring this complex of university voice is the task of this chapter. Toward the Multi-Vocal University d_ch 11 thru end_t1b 10/4/2013 2:16 PM Page 264 Considerations The university moves and has its...

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