What is useful knowledge?

What is useful knowledge?

The latest legal scandals show that organic search is useful and relevant.

“Is this really necessary,” I asked myself when writing Frode Helmich Pedersen on the Baneheia case,” wrote Heming H. Gujord.
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    Teaching Coordinator, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, UiB

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There are clear requirements In order for higher education to be useful and relevant. Previously, these requirements were best linked to vocational studies from teacher training to medicine. Today, the useful knowledge requirement applies to all courses. Students also increasingly come to university with questions about what they will become, rather than what they will learn.

For those of us with a college education in the ’80s and ’90s, the world has been turned upside down. And the change did not grow in the sector itself, but was introduced from above by the political authorities. Then you have to adapt and think again.

Now, it is not unreasonable for knowledge to be useful. The responsible student must also believe that he will become something after his studies. But what is useful knowledge actually?

not always It’s easy to see what useful knowledge is. The court scandals after the Birgit Tings murder and the Panhaia case showed how free research suddenly emerged as relevant and useful. The research environment in law and literature at the University of Bergen has always had a critical view of legal institutions.

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Arild Linneberg did not receive a pat on the back for his long-term work in law and literature, the presenter writes.

Where most of us, myself included, would have preferred to mistakenly believe that the institutions were right and did the right thing, the researchers were wrong and asked tough questions. – Is this really necessary, I asked myself then Frode Helmich Pedersen Books On the issue of Baneheia in the literary magazine Vinduet in 2017.

Nor did Arild Linneberg receive a pat on the back for his long-standing work in law and literature. This is what researchers working on public funds have to put up with. But author Bjorn Olaf Yar was quite clear when he mentioned who it was useful for On Netavisen 23.10.22.

The work of Helmich Pedersen and Lenberg were pivotal in righting wrongs against those found not guilty. They deserve thanks. And those who trusted institutions are sitting here with a painful little lump in our stomachs.

Now it was Bjorn Olaf Jaher and other individuals who turned the tide in these bad cases, not higher education. But when higher education came to the rescue, it was free and independent research, not professional studies. In this way, organic search has become useful and socially relevant, entirely on its own terms.

We are the ones who work The university understands the knowledge requirements to be useful and relevant. But we also know that it’s hard to see what’s useful and relevant right now. So an investment in free and independent research is also an investment in interest and relevance.

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