Knowledge In Motion: Space, Time And Curriculum In Undergraduate Physics And Management

Knowledge In Motion: Space, Time And Curriculum In Undergraduate Physics And Management

by Jan Nespor
     
 

Using an analysis of learning by a case study comparison of two undergraduate courses at a United States University, Nespor examines the way in which education and power merge in physics and management. Through this study of politics and practices of knowledge, he explains how students, once accepted on these courses, are facilitated on a path to power; physics and

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Using an analysis of learning by a case study comparison of two undergraduate courses at a United States University, Nespor examines the way in which education and power merge in physics and management. Through this study of politics and practices of knowledge, he explains how students, once accepted on these courses, are facilitated on a path to power; physics and management being core disciplines in modern society. Taking strands from constructivist psychology, post-modern geography, actor-network theory and feminist sociology, this book develops a theoretical language for analysing the production and use of knowledge. He puts forward the idea that learning, usually viewed as a process of individual minds and groups in face-to-face interaction, is actually a process of activities organised across space and time and how organisations of space and time are produced in social practice.; Within this context educational courses are viewed as networks of a larger whole, and individual courses are points in the network which link a wider relationship by way of texts, tasks and social practices intersecting with them. The book shows how students enrolled on such courses automatically become part of a network of power and knowledge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750702706
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Knowledge, Identity, and School Life Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Knowledge in Space and Time6
From Individual 'Learners' to Networks of Knowledge Builders7
Networks and Actor-Networks11
Material Productions of Space-Time15
Representational Productions of Space-Time18
Reconstructing the Aims of Educational Studies21
Ch. 2Producing Material Space-Time and Constructing Students in Physics28
Standardizing Space28
Standardizing Space30
Weeding Out Students32
Temporal and Spatial Boundaries35
Study Groups38
Partial and Failed Enrolments41
Ch. 3Connecting Students to Practice: Mobilization in Physics52
A Chain of Mobilizations53
Textbooks as Educational Mobilizations of the Discipline55
Enrolling the World in Physics57
Textbooks as Engines of Instruction59
Mobilizing the Textbook: Lectures61
Mobilizing the Lecture: Taking Notes66
Mobilizing the Textbook and the Lecture Notes: Homework Problems70
Mobilizations of the Physical World within Disciplinary Space73
Ch. 4Constructing and Isolating Academic Space in Management80
Variable Points of Entry81
Courses That Do Not Constitute a Network85
Students Shaping the Course Sequence87
Representational Production of Academic Space-Time89
The Circulation of Academic Commodities95
Separating Worlds98
Ch. 5Mobilizing Bodies for Management110
Mimicry of Corporate Space110
A 'Street' Inside: Students in Public Spaces116
The Interview as a Display Space124
Ch. 6Knowledge in Motion131
Appendix 1: The Place of the Major138
Appendix 2: Making Knowledge about Knowledge in Motion145
References156
Index165

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