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Knowledge, Education and Democracy

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Kjersti Lea
Gunn Elisabeth Søreide


Institutt for pedagogikk
Christies gate 13

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Gunn Elisabeth Søreide

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The research group Knowledge, Education and Democracy focuses on education in a social and political context, in particular the opportunities and challenges for education, democracy and knowledge development in changing societies. The three main concepts; Knowledge, Education and Democracy reflect the research interests of the KED group and we conduct research in the areas where two or all of the three main concepts overlap. There is a need to better understand educational policy and educational practices as they appear in the current globalized society, where travelling educational policies, labour migration and transnational trade agreements increasingly influence educational institutions’ role and place in society. This both challenges and provides opportunities for democratic education and for the distribution and development of knowledge. The aim of the group is therefore to investigate and discuss how knowledge, education and democracy can be understood, are expressed, developed and influenced by each other in our current globalized society.

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