September 27 2002
One world but many kinds of knowledge
the buzz words knowledge economy are all pervasive in the modern world –
across corporations, governments and transnational organisations – they
have a hollow ring for UniSA’s Professor Jane Kenway.
her inaugural professorial address
at UniSA on October 1 2002 5 pm – 7.30 pm), Prof Kenway will
confront issues of globalisation, the evolution of tribal divisions in
society, the rush and impact of consumerism, the development of hybrid and
oppositional styles of knowledge, and just how theses issues will effect
education today and in the future.
argues that the new “knowledge economy” represents a thin and narrow
understanding of knowledge.
of the key aspects of globalisation across transnational organisations has
been to transform education into a commodity and that process has
diminished the modern understanding of knowledge. In a world now dominated
by economic rationalism and the full scale promotion of consumerism,
knowledge and education have lost much of their richness and power.
Visual, emotional, ethical and interactive aspects of knowledge have all
slipped away in this tide, leaving us with narrow, pragmatic concepts of
says the new knowledge order is set against the backdrop of an
increasingly fractured world society.
world now includes four key global tribes – the new global elite, people
who spend much of their lives travelling, removed from everyday life due
to their wealth and power; the new poor, in their distressed millions; the
anti-globalisation activists; and the myriad of consumer tribes all vying
for fulfilment through products. It is this fractured but dynamic mix that
may indeed force policy makers to open their minds to a deeper
understanding of knowledge.”
says the challenge for educators and more so for researchers in the field,
is to determine what kinds of knowledge should be taught in schools and
years in to the 21st century and many years on from the first
wave of people’s conscious engagement with globalisation we still have
no idea of what it might mean to teach the young to become successful and
contributing global citizens,” she says.
is clear is that the knowledge economy is not the glittering prize it is
made out to be and that in the drive to build global profits we are
sacrificing a richer and ultimately more valuable understanding of
knowledge and global relationships.”
Kenway’s lecture – Reshaping
Education in Globalizing, Tribalizing and Hybridizing Times – presented by UniSA’s Hawke Institute with the Centre for Studies in
Literacy, Policy and Learning Cultures, will be held at UniSA’s City West Campus, Yungondi Building, level
1, 70 North Terrace Adelaide.
contact: Michèle Nardelli (08) 8302 0966 or 041 8823673