Building global knowledge cultures

This research aim follows the agenda established by our book Building Knowledge Cultures (Peters & Besley, 2006) which theorizes the notion of knowledge cultures in relation to claims for the new economy and the communicative turn, as well as related notions such as the cultural economy, the creative economy and social media. It focuses on national policy constructions of the knowledge economy, “fast knowledge” and the role of the so-called new pedagogy and social learning technologies under these conditions to investigate and establish knowledge networks as development possibilities in educational policy futures.

The concept of building “knowledge cultures” has been adopted as a training and action plan by the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC) and was endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) which comprises State, Territory, Australian Government and New Zealand Ministers with responsibility for the portfolios of education, employment, training and youth affairs. The Ministerial action plan provides an international research agenda, identifies priorities for action and has a comprehensive framework of policies.

See: Building a Knowledge Culture. An education and training action plan for the information economy

This is also a basis for international development education and achievement of millennium development goals (See: International Education that recommends our book). This book and subsequent work provides a model of learning as a social process incorporating knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and technology-assisted, social media. CGSE aims to build knowledge cultures in NZ educational institutions by researching advising on policy and practices.

The research objectives of this theme focus on:

  • the integration of theory and practice, especially in relation to social learning, online learning, eLearning and social media
  • developing research investigating online global graduate online knowledge cultures, social media, girls education and academic entrepreneurship
  • investigating the philosophy of peer learning
  • experimenting and evaluating peer-to-peer networking and collaborative online learning
  • evaluating the available online synchronous online learning technologies, including programs like Elluminate
  • eLearning and new digital technologies in the age of YouTube

These are a number of the themes that we have pursued in our journal E-Learning and Digital Media.

Selected recent published works related to this theme:

Araya, D. & M. A. Peters, (2010) (Eds.) Education in the Creative Economy. New York, Peter Lang.

Peters, M.A., Besley, T., Araya, D. (2013) (Eds.) The New Paradigm of Development: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures. New York: Peter Lang, (forthcoming).

Peters, M.A. & Besley, T. 2013) (Eds.) Introduction , in The New Paradigm of Development: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures. New York: Peter Lang, (forthcoming).

Peters, M.A. (2011) Three forms of the knowledge economy: learning, creativity and openness. In: Roger King and Simon Marginson and (Eds.) Higher Education and Globalization. London: Edward Elgar.

Peters, M.A., Murphy, P. & Marginson, S. (2009/10) The Trilogy: Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy; Imagination; Global Creation. New York, Peter Lang.

Peters, M.A. (2007) Knowledge Economy, Development and the Future of Higher Education.Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Peters, M.A. & Besley, A.C. (2006). Building Knowledge Cultures: Education and Development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism. Lanham & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.