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Scopic Systems, Pipes, Models and Transfers in the Global Circulation of Educational Knowledge and Practices

by Noah W. Sobe & Nicole D. Ortegón - 2009

The purported “liquidity” of knowledge is often posed as one of the defining characteristics of the present “age of globalization.” Liquidity describes the present moment as one marked by flows, flexibility and flux, and it also can be invoked to define the here-and-now by suggesting contrasts and departures from earlier historical eras. A statement such as the following: “Knowledge is no longer an immobile solid, it has been liquefied. It is actively moving in all the currents of society itself,” would seem to have tremendous import for the study of education.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 108. No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 14, 2009, p. 49-66
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18432, Date Accessed: 1/18/2022 4:35:43 PM

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  • Noah Sobe
    Loyola University Chicago
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    NOAH W. SOBE is Associate Professor and Program Chair of both Cultural and Educational Policy Studies and International Higher Education in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the Director of Loyola's Center for Comparative Education and teaches and researches in comparative and international education as well as the history of education.
  • Nicole Ortegón
    Loyola University Chicago
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    NICOLE D. ORTEGÓN is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program at Loyola University Chicago.
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