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Since my last post, I have been looking at two publications, one from 2008 and one published in April 2010. The first is a book published by NIACE in late 2008 “Not just the economy: the public value of adult learning”. This book is focused entirely on public value, but is not referenced at all in the IFLL papers despite one paper being written by Tom Schuller who led the IFLL and another by Ricardo Sabates whose work appears in both this collection and as the author of one of the key papers in the IFLL public value series. I will provide a short summary of each paper in this collection and examine the issues covered here that are not picked up in the IFLL documents.

The second book is the latest critique of the term “social capital” by Ben Fine (Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly) which uses and builds on his extensive work critiquing the formulation and use of this concept. Social capital is used in the paper by Feinstein and Sabates (in the NIACE book) and I think this illustrates one of the key problems with Sabates’ paper for the IFLL as well as the way in which public value is similarly used in the inquiry as a whole. I have already pointed to my concern with the monetisation methods used to calculate public value in the Matrix Knowledge Group papers and I think this book is an important critique of the conceptualisation and methodology adopted to explore public value and will discuss below, after outlining the contents of NJE in two posts. I’m doing this because there is a significant narrowing of conception and focus in the IFLL that seems to amputate the critical elements of NJE and it is worth exploring what the earlier work had to offer.

The Promise

“They make a convincing argument for a well-educated citizenry empowered through learning to challenge bigotry, sophistry and injustice.” Quote on the back cover. (more…)

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JISC Workshop Staffordshire University June 7th

Nigel and I spent Monday at Professor Mark Stiles’ Workshop on “Sustaining Innovation via Organisational Development.” As we think these issues are very much what we are talking about with the Architecture of Participation we offered to carry out a Policy Forest Survey during the event on this topic. Our thinking was that we have a new government with a new set of policies relating to HE, mostly focussed on building elite institutions and cutting costs, so we could try and contrast that thinking to an Architecture of Participation approach. Using the underlying strategy we outlined in Policy 2.0 at CAL ’07 we also wanted to capture a consensual view of the thinking of the workshop participants on what exactly we need to do in HE to be able to Sustain Innovation through the Organisational Development of HEI’s. What we call on this blog Developing an Organisational Architecture of Participation. Following a great series of presentations, workshops and discussions during the day let us see what we think the aggregate view of this group was. I have posted a summary on Cloudworks for Discussion.

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