Information and communications technology: Plugging Ontario higher education into the knowledge society

dc.contributor.authorMagnusson, Jamie-Lynnen
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-01T01:39:45Z
dc.date.available2007-08-01T01:39:45Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.description.abstractIn this article I examine information and communications technology (ICT) in the context of changes to higher education. My analysis uses Ontario as a case study to illustrate that ICT and the knowledge society discourse is not about technological innovation per se. Rather the discourse legitimates neoliberal reforms to the higher education sector to lay the ground for participation in international markets. That is, these reforms enable privatization of higher education in keeping with pressures exerted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS). The case of Ontario is interesting because of the strategies used to "sell” massive neoliberal reforms to a public that has been, generally speaking, quite protective of its public services. The strategies and mechanisms used to "plug Ontario into the Knowledge Society" reveal how GATS works in local jurisdictions, and contributes to the study of how education within social welfare states comes to take on market characteristics.en
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dc.identifier.citationMagnusson, J. Information and communications technology: Plugging Ontario higher education into the knowledge society. Encounters on Education 6, 119-136.en
dc.identifier.issn1494-4936
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/487
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFaculty of Education, Queen's Universityen
dc.subjectInformation Technologyen
dc.subjectHigher Educationen
dc.subjectKnowledge Societyen
dc.subjectNeoliberal Economicsen
dc.subjectWorld Banken
dc.subjectGATSen
dc.subjectWTOen
dc.titleInformation and communications technology: Plugging Ontario higher education into the knowledge societyen
dc.typejournal articleen
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