The Academic Construction of Knowledge

Unique parameters of Academic knowledge distinguish it from other types of knowledge.
Academia structures knowledge in a way that prevents access to the “uninitiated” who have not been “properly trained”. This makes knowledge itself part of a cultural power structure.


Form and Content


Knowledge becomes academic when it is packaged into the appropriate form, e.g.:  Abstract, Introduction, Survey of the Literature, Methodology, Findings, Discussion, References, Appendices.

This form has become the hallmark of Academia, and students spend most of their years acquiring the skills necessary to reproduce information in the prescribed Academic format.
Although the format itself has gradually developed over the years in an informal way, academic institutions enforce it with a rigor that testifies to its importance as a structuring element that constructs knowledge as academic.

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