Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Riding the lines of flight

Title:
Riding the lines of flight
Author:
Robin Usher: Freelance consultant, Australia
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0011
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Year:
2010
Volume:
1
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
67-78
No. of pages:
12
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-09-25


Thinking about the future of educational research requires a conceptual resource that is itself both imaginative and multiple and at the same time articulates a world with those self-same characteristics. This is provided by the work of Deleuze and Guattari. Discussion of the future of research is located in a context of lifelong learning in the contemporary moment of ubiquitous electronic communication. I argue that the research process, contrary to the model of science, can be better understood as rhizomatic rather than arborescent and powered by desire rather than objectivity. Lifelong learning is a rhizome and requires a rhizomatic approach and sensibility on the part of the researcher. The hyper-connectivity of the Internet reinforces this development influencing the way research is carried out and the way its knowledge outcomes are distributed and used – a research without hierarchy and authority.

Keywords: Deleuze and Guattari; lines of flight; lifelong learning; electronic communication

Volume 1, Issue: 1-2, Article 5, 2010

Author:
Robin Usher
Title:
Riding the lines of flight:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0011
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Volume 1, Issue: 1-2, Article 5, 2010

Author:
Robin Usher
Title:
Riding the lines of flight:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0011
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Citations:
  • Bernd Käpplinger (2015). Adult education research between field and rhizome - a bibliometrical analysis of conference programs of ESREA. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 6(2): 139. DOI: 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9061
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