Baker, D. P. (2009). The educational transformation of work: Towards a new synthesis. Journal of Education and Work, 22, 163-191. Retrieved from http://davidbakerresearchproject.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/baker_2009_the-educational-transformation-of-work-towards-a-new-synthesis_journal-of-education-and-work.pdf
Baker’s article took into account human capital theory and education-as-myth sociological theory, shedding light on how schooling has transformed society and the workplace. This is related to digital badges in terms of how education and credentials is connected to the labor force and its transformational effects on the labor market. Baker introduced the notion of a school society, where education affects almost every aspect of life. He contrasted the human capital view with the occurrence of diploma disease, noting tensions on its impact on the nature of education and learning. This raises interesting implications and considerations for the transformational potential of digital badges.
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