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Week 8: Power and Authority
Networked technologies have changed power and authority. This, networked learning has a great deal in common with approaches to learning that focus on personal empowerment and freedom. The readings (and the Castell lecture) provide insight into how networks alter power and authority. 2011 was a significant year in online, social, and digital networks challenging existing power structures. As you engage in the readings this week, reflect on how networks influence the traditional school and education structure in society.
Things You Really Need to Learn
William H. Dutton,
Through the Network (of Networks) - The Fifth Estate
Ivan Illich: deschooling, conviviality and the possibilities for informal education and lifelong learning
Helen McCarthy, Paul Miller and Paul Skidmore
Network Logic: Who governs in an interconnected world?
(.pdf) (this is a book of essays; skim sections that you find to be of interest).
Edgar Gumbert, ed.,
Poverty, Power and Authority in Education
(.pdf) (this is a book of essays; skim sections that you find to be of interest)
Network Theories of Power
(video) or paper:
Network Theory of Power
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