Towards Caribbean 'knowledge societies' : dismantling neo-colonial barriers in the age of globalisation

Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. (2004) Towards Caribbean 'knowledge societies' : dismantling neo-colonial barriers in the age of globalisation. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 34(3), pp. 293-300.

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This paper discusses what it would take for Caribbean societies to move towards becoming 'knowledge societies' that would support a higher standard of living and more equitable social relations for all the people. It calls for a research agenda for postcolonial development and asks: what sort of learning is needed to transform problematic social landscapes? It puts forward a scenario of how the Caribbean region might look by 2050 if it were to be restructured on the foundations of higher levels of education and the ethical application of knowledge promoting a creative, culturally confident, productive and dynamic regional society. What kind of Caribbean people will achieve such a scenario, and what kind of education systems will help to produce such people? The article explores this by discussing the multiple challenges to be overcome in the currently dysfunctional education system. It advocates utilising a socio-political analysis of 'literacies' in order to probe the stratification of knowledge, power and prospects, the better to challenge the conservative norms and privileges that maintain a deeply unequal status quo.

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ID Code: 3427
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Caribbean, postcolonial, development education, literacies, socio, political analysis, inequality, education systems, knowledge society, challenge
DOI: 10.1080/0305792042000257130
ISSN: 1469-3623
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Compare Vol. 34(3):pp. 293-300.
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:06

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