An article Stephen Turner and I wrote about pedagogical design has just appeared online (full text).
With New Zealand’s “knowledge wave” in view, along with its near synonyms “knowledge society” and “knowledge economy,” we consider the “pedagogy” of contemporary capitalism. Here the education system, and in particular the university, has become the key social institution, and concern, for the enterprise of innovation-oriented techno-capitalism. Its pedagogical design imperative, or structural determination, demands that educational institutions embody and transmit the value of knowledge qua innovation. Looking at work organisation in terms of the “deep communication” of design principles, evident in enhanced systems of measuring space, time and value, we show that the built environment today favours a “transcendental” capitalist culture.
Sean Sturm and Stephen Turner, “Knowledge Waves: New Zealand as Educational Enterprise,” Australian Journal of Communication 38.3 (2011): 153-77.