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Knowledge management
Innovation in the Knowledge Economy
Implications for Education and Learning
OECD. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  10 May 2004
Pages: 98 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264105607 , OECD Code: 962004041P1
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Other languages:  Hungarian (Available) Japanese (Distributed by another publisher)
Other Versions:  E-book - PDF Format
Multilingual summaries:  Spanish

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Imprint:  Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Today's "knowledge economies" are seeing the emergence of new paradigms for innovation and the advancement of knowledge in relation to economic activities. This report explores some key determinants of innovation and their implications for the advancement of knowledge in a particular sector – primary and secondary education.

The analysis shows that there is considerable scope for certain drivers that have helped speed up innovation in other sectors to take effect in education. However, in practice, a number of basic characteristics of education systems have prevented innovation from changing this sector fundamentally.

Nevertheless, educational policy makers can learn much from observing how innovation occurs and how sectors are transformed in the most knowledge intensive parts of the economy.

Table of contents:

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Economic Fundamentals of the Knowledge Society
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Historical perspective
1.3. Exploring the black box of “knowledge
1.4. Knowledge-based communities as agents of economic change
1.5. A few unanswered questions
1.6. The challenges
Chapter 2. The Innovation Tank and the Four Pumps: Mapping Innovation in the Education Sector
2.1. Introduction
2.2. The first pump: science-based innovation
2.3. The second pump: collaboration between users and/or doers – horizontally organised innovation
2.4. The third pump: modular structures, with freedom to innovate yet joined together as a whole system
2.5. The fourth pump: information and communication technologies
2.6. Four pumps to fill up with innovative capacity
2.7. The four pumps and the education sector
2.8. Conclusion – Policy challenges
Chapter 3. The Public Dimension of Knowledge and Innovation
3.1. Introduction
3.2. The fundamental public aspect of the knowledge economy
3.3. The privatisation of knowledge? General trends and specific worries for education
3.4. Conclusion: three E’s in support of the revival of public property

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