Strategically planning the shift to a gulf knowledge society: The role of big data and mass education

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The development of a knowledge society in the Arabian Gulf is a nested and contextualized process that relies upon the development of nationspecific knowledge economies and region-wide knowledge cultures. The role of internationally comparative education data and mass education systems in the Gulf as mechanisms for the development of knowledge economies, societies, and cultures are discussed and debated in relation to the unique contextual conditions countries operate within. The role of "big" data and mass education in creating expectations for achievement, accountability, and access is shown to significantly contribute to the development of knowledge societies by providing the infrastructure and capacity for sustainable change, which potentially leads to the institutionalization of knowledge acquisition, exchange, and creation in the Gulf and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation for a Knowledge Society in Arabian Gulf Countries
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781783508334
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
ISSN (Print)1479-3679


  • Arabian gulf
  • Knowledge culture
  • Knowledge economy
  • Knowledge society
  • Large-scale education data
  • Mass education


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