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Cottey, Alan – Policy Futures in Education, 2014
Knowledge here means something similar to but broader than science--it is reliable but not necessarily as systematic or explicit. A cooperative economy is contrasted with the competitive economy that has dominated political thinking almost everywhere for about half a century - the neo-liberal period. It is argued that the neo-liberal ideology and…
Descriptors: Knowledge Economy, Ideology, Neoliberalism, Social Justice
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Cottey, Alan – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
This article addresses the difference between knowledge-inquiry and wisdom-inquiry in nuclear physics education. In the spirit of an earlier study of 57 senior-level textbooks for first-degree physics students, this work focuses here on a remarkable use of literary quotations in one such book. "Particles and Nuclei: an introduction to the physical…
Descriptors: Nuclear Physics, Role, Textbooks, Writing (Composition)
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Cottey, Alan – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
The author reflects briefly on what limited degree of global ecological stability and human cultural stability may be achieved, provided that humanity retains hope and does not give way to despair or hide in denial. These thoughts were triggered by a recent conference on International Stability and Systems Engineering. (Contains 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Ecology, Reliability, Global Approach, Scientists
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Cottey, Alan – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
The timescales relevant for human culture cover a very wide range. A better appreciation of these timescales would facilitate an adequate response to humanity's ecological "slow reckoning". This article discusses the use and presentation of simple logarithmic timescales and advocates their widespread use in education. (Contains 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Education, Reaction Time
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Cottey, Alan – Policy Futures in Education, 2012
Bathing is here treated as an exemplar of the widespread profligacy of prosperous people and of the continually expanding expectations for all on this overloaded planet. The author places cleanliness in a wider context, not merely of animals but of all living organisms. With this in mind, it is possible to consider, in a wider than usual manner,…
Descriptors: Hygiene, Health Behavior, Social Change, Social Values