Knowledge in times of crisis

Examining how the production, acquisition, sharing and use of knowledge is affected by crisis. This framework can be adapted for use with 16–19-year-old learners.

Acquiring knowledge can be a complex process in ordinary contexts. There are many factors that may make our knowledge of something less reliable or more uncertain. Personal views may cloud our understanding, the tools we employ to acquire knowledge may be faulty, we may not be aware of important ethical considerations. Our findings may be rendered less valid if these implications are not carefully considered and addressed.

The complexity of producing and acquiring knowledge is heightened in times of crisis. During a crisis, it is more difficult to achieve the critical distance and objectivity necessary to guarantee that the knowledge attained will be as sound and reliable as possible.