The book discusses the notion of knowledge cultures in relation to claims for the new economy and the 'communicative turn', as well as cultural economy and the politics of postmodernity. It focuses on national policy constructions of the knowledge economy, 'fast knowledge' and the role of the so-called 'new pedagogy' and social learning under these conditions to argue for knowledge networks as development possibilities in educational policy futures.
Michael A. Peters is professor of education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of over twenty-five books and edited collections, including most recently Education, Globalization and the State in the Age of Terrorism (2005, Paradigm Publishers). Tina Besley is visiting research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of many papers for international journals and a number of books, including Counseling Youth: Foucault, Power and the Ethics of Subjectivity (Praeger).
Chapter 1 Cultural Knowledge Economy: Education, the New Economy and the Communicative Turn Chapter 2 The Politics of Postmodernity and the Promise of Education Chapter 3 Education Policy in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism Chapter 4 National Policy Constructions of the 'Knowledge Economy': Towards a Critique Chapter 5 Classical Political Economy and the Role of Universities in the New Knowledge Economy Chapter 6 The Theatre of Fast Knowledge: Performative Epistemologies Chapter 7 The New Pedagogy and Social Learning: Current Pedagogic Research and Practice Chapter 8 Theorising Educational Practices: The Politico-Ethical Choices Chapter 9 Knowledge Networks, Innovation and Development: Education After Modernization Chapter 10 Educational Policy Futures