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Knowledge, Democracy and Higher Education

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In the previous chapter I have focused on the role of Higher Education in the promotion of citizenship, particularly through the lens of European citizenship. In this chapter I look once more at Higher Education, but now in more general terms, asking the question how Higher Education as a specific institution in society might contribute to democratisation and democratic citizenship. I am interested, in other words, in how we might understand the civic role and responsibility of Higher Education. Whereas in many countries around the world there is a strong emphasis on the potential contribution of Higher Education to the so-called knowledge economy, I introduce the idea of the ‘knowledge democracy’ in order to highlight the potential contribution of Higher Education to the democratisation of knowledge in society.

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Biesta, G.J.J. (2011). Knowledge, Democracy and Higher Education. In: Learning Democracy in School and Society. SensePublishers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6091-512-3_4

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