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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Knowledge exchange with Sistema Scotland
Author(s): Allan, Julie
Moran, Nikki
Duffy, Celia
Loening, Gica
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Keywords: Sistema Scotland
knowledge exchange
social inclusion
Social planning Scotland
Community development Scotland
Issue Date: May-2010
Date Deposited: 29-Mar-2011
Citation: Allan J, Moran N, Duffy C & Loening G (2010) Knowledge exchange with Sistema Scotland. Journal of Education Policy, 25 (3), pp. 335-347.
Abstract: This paper reports on a knowledge exchange project, funded by the Scottish Funding Council and with the aim of improving the ‘two-way flow of people and ideas between the research environment and wider economy, thereby contributing to national prosperity, the quality of life of citizens, and cultural enrichment of our society’ (Scottish Funding Council, n.d). The project was undertaken by a group of researchers from three higher education institutions with a combined knowledge of education, music and psychology which has guided their knowledge exchange activities with the project partner and among themselves. The project partner was Sistema Scotland, a charity which is attempting to implement a major programme of social change, originating in Venezuela, within a disadvantaged area of Scotland, and therefore a highly appropriate focus for knowledge exchange. The paper outlines the development of Sistema Scotland and the programme, El Sistema, on which it is based. It details the knowledge exchange activities undertaken, which used Derrida’s (1993) notion of aporia to try to engage Sistema Scotland with different perspectives and understandings, and a practical method for conducting meetings based on Open Space Technology. The various ‘encounters’ with children, service providers and stakeholders are reported and this is followed by a critique of the processes of knowledge exchange which were both permitted and prohibited. The paper ends with a discussion of the conditions that are necessary for knowledge exchange to be successful.
DOI Link: 10.1080/02680931003646196
Rights: Published in Journal of Education Policy by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Education Policy, Volume 25, Issue 3, May 2010, pp. 335 - 347. Journal of Education Policy is available online at:

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