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How Collective Intelligence Redefines Education


  • Lynn Ilon

    () (College of Education, Seoul National University)


While collective intelligence systems become ubiquitous for learning in knowledge industries, civic life and personal lives, they have yet to be embraced into formal schooling systems. Still, learning, knowledge and assessment protocols still abide, in large part, to the educational systems logic of the industrial era. The temptation is to view schooling as falling behind with teacher retraining and curriculum revision leading the way. This article examines the underlying logic of both collective intelligence and formal education systems and traces education¡¯s reluctance to it roots in an industrial era and the incentives prevailing in its structures. Embracing collective intelligence, then, will require a redefinition of schooling rather than a mere retooling.

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  • Lynn Ilon, 2012. "How Collective Intelligence Redefines Education," TEMEP Discussion Papers 201299, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Jan 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:201299

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    Knowledge Creation; Curriculum; Education; Collective Intelligence.;

    JEL classification:

    • A31 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works - - - Multisubject Collected Writings of Individuals
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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