Democratizing Knowledge: An Approach through Public Universities

By Alejandro Barragán-Ocaña, Arturo Ballesteros-Leiner, Leticia Romero-Rodríguez and Miguel Ángel Morales-Arroyo.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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Advancements in knowledge and its use have often been related as one of the leading indicators of economic development and social welfare for countries and regions. Regardless of what theoretical-methodological factors are driving knowledge development, however, access to this intangible asset is limited to various economic, social, and cultural circumstances and even of the knowledge per se that each individual develops within society. The primary objective of this research project is to conduct a theoretical analysis, from a sociological perspective on science and technology, of the role the public university plays in democratizing knowledge within its community and in society at large, pointing out key advancements and the obstacles that arise in the process of disseminating this knowledge.

Keywords: Democratization, Knowledge, Public University

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 366.535KB).

Dr. Alejandro Barragán-Ocaña

Autonomous University of State of Mexico, Valle de Chalco, Mexico

Alejandro Barragán-Ocaña, PhD. He is a researcher fellow at the Mexican Researchers System (SNI). He holds a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacobiological Chemist from Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), and a second Bachelor Degree in Management from the Mexican Ministry of Public Education (SEP). His Master’s degree is from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Systems Engineering (Quality) and his PhD in Systems Engineering (Planning) from the School of Engineering at UNAM. He works as full time Professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) and also is Professor of the Graduate Program of Systems Engineering (Quality) in the School of Chemistry at UNAM. His research interests include Soft Systems, Planning, Technology and Innovation Management, Quality and Chemical Metrology.

Dr. Arturo Ballesteros-Leiner

National Pedagogical University, Mexico City, Mexico

Dr. Leticia Romero-Rodríguez

Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico

Dr. Miguel Ángel Morales-Arroyo

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico