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

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Knowledge in Space and Time 6
From Individual 'Learners' to Networks of Knowledge Builders 7
Networks and Actor-Networks 11
Material Productions of Space-Time 15
Representational Productions of Space-Time 18
Reconstructing the Aims of Educational Studies 21
Ch. 2 Producing Material Space-Time and Constructing Students in Physics 28
Standardizing Space 28
Standardizing Space 30
Weeding Out Students 32
Temporal and Spatial Boundaries 35
Study Groups 38
Partial and Failed Enrolments 41
Ch. 3 Connecting Students to Practice: Mobilization in Physics 52
A Chain of Mobilizations 53
Textbooks as Educational Mobilizations of the Discipline 55
Enrolling the World in Physics 57
Textbooks as Engines of Instruction 59
Mobilizing the Textbook: Lectures 61
Mobilizing the Lecture: Taking Notes 66
Mobilizing the Textbook and the Lecture Notes: Homework Problems 70
Mobilizations of the Physical World within Disciplinary Space 73
Ch. 4 Constructing and Isolating Academic Space in Management 80
Variable Points of Entry 81
Courses That Do Not Constitute a Network 85
Students Shaping the Course Sequence 87
Representational Production of Academic Space-Time 89
The Circulation of Academic Commodities 95
Separating Worlds 98
Ch. 5 Mobilizing Bodies for Management 110
Mimicry of Corporate Space 110
A 'Street' Inside: Students in Public Spaces 116
The Interview as a Display Space 124
Ch. 6 Knowledge in Motion 131
Appendix 1: The Place of the Major 138
Appendix 2: Making Knowledge about Knowledge in Motion 145
References 156
Index 165
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