A pedagogy of abundance – the paper

I've given a couple of talks (and blogged) around a pedagogy of abundance. In these I was exploring what abundance in terms of content might mean for education, and whether we had appropriate pedagogies, when most of our learning theories have been built on an assumption of content-scarcity.

For my digital scholarship book I made this the chapter that looks at the teaching element of Boyer's scholarly functions. I have now redone that chapter and published it as an article in the Spanish Journal of Pedagogy

Note – the journal isn't open access, but I'm trying to explore the green, or self-archiving route of OA, so I got agreement to release it myself under a CC license. So you can download it from the OU repository.


  1. Hi Martin, I haven’t read further than your abstract and references yet, but wanted to flag up a couple of pieces which might interest you.
    Mike Neary wrote a book chapter on the ‘Pedagogy of Excess’ (http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2010/10/Pedagogy-of-Excess-preprint.pdf)
    Kay & Mott’s book has a very good section (pp 1-29) on ‘abundance’ in contrast to ‘property’: http://stuck.josswinn.org/in-modern-society-where-the-conditions-of-lif and offers a critical and historical understanding of these ideas within liberal capitalism.
    After reading the first part of their book, an article by Barbrook might help bridge the connection between your work and that of Kay and Mott: http://stuck.josswinn.org/cyber-communism
    I do think there’s much that could be made of following these threads in developing a critical understanding of ‘abundance’ in education that remains constructive and positive.

  2. Thanks Joss – hadn’t read these. Mine is a less critical (or thoughtful) analysis, but as you suggest there might be an interesting area around abundance to explore from many different perspectives. I notice Erik Duval is running a week on this in George Siemens upcoming MOOC, so maybe we should dip in there to see the discussion

  3. Hi Jonathan
    Sorry I couldn’t respond over on your blog & thoughtful post (I’m on my iPad & a comment box didn’t come up). I’ve never really thought of Boyer’s scholarly functions as what we do in social media before – that’s a really interesting take on it. I’m going to take that away and mull it over some, so thanks for sharing.

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