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The Political Economy of Networked Learning Communities in Higher Education

Greener, I. and Perriton, L. (2005) The Political Economy of Networked Learning Communities in Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 30 (1). pp. 67-79. ISSN 0307-5079

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This article uses the example of the recent (ill-fated) experiment in the creation of a global education product—the UKeU—to explore how the concept of community in learning changes in this context. It uses a framework borrowed from the literature on changes in the welfare state to explain how the new economies of on line education distort the traditional ideas of learning communities. The article argues that ignoring the underpinning structural and economic institutions in the global economy (or assuming that they will somehow be overcome) is naiumlve, and runs the risks of allowing the more extreme forms of the 'new' economic model of networked learning to colonise discourses of democracy and student-centredness.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2009 10:56
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2009 10:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0307507052000307803
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/0307507052000307803
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7574

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