Contours of the emergent knowledge society: Theoretical debate and implications for higher education research

Egbert de Weert

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    Abstract

    The idea of the knowledge society is becoming increasingly dominant in various public and scholarly writings. Several governments have reacted by advocating a further expansion of higher education in order to provide a highly skilled workforce. This seems at odds with views regarding the underutilisation of skills of employed graduates. This paper sketches some major characteristics of the emergent knowledge society from sociological, epistemological and economic viewpoints. Next, it discusses current research on the incidence of overeducation. It is pointed out that measures on overeducation are inaccurate and do not take into account changes in the emergent knowledge societies. The paper concludes with implications for future research on the nature and change of knowledge-based occupations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-69
    Number of pages21
    JournalHigher education
    Volume38
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Keywords

    • METIS-100591

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