Research strategy- Benkler, Y (2006) The Wealth of Networks. How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Yale University Press; Research and development

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Although I have begun research, both primary and secondary as you can see from the progress I have made and stated in previous blogs, I am starting to look closer at my research strategies and what I aim to find from it.


In the wealth of networks, Benkler talks about the difference between gaining information that has already been found before and gaining new information full of thoughts and opinions that are entirely new and innovative.

“Once a scientist has established a fact, or once Tolstoy has written War and Peace, neither the scientist nor Tolstoy need spend a single second on producing additional War and Peace manuscripts or studies for the one-hundredth, one-thousandth, or one-millionth user of what they wrote. The physical paper for the book or journal costs something, but the information itself need only be created once. “

To think of information as “nonrival”, suggesting that the informations consumption by one person does not make it any less available for consumption by another would suggest that existing information does not lose its value, and can be interpreted in plentiful ways without losing its credentials.

In relation to the development of my product, this would therefore suggest that I can use existing knowledge to my advantage.

Existing knowledge states that, the teaching of PSHE is famously awkward. Existing knowledge also shows that technology is increasingly favoured in the classroom.


To combine this existing information into a whole new hybrid solution however, is to create something innovative and ‘rival’.

Therefore the research that I need to source, to develop something innovative needs to innovative itself. For example where I have asked ‘How does the use of interactive software aid you in your ability to teach?’ previously, I am now at the stage of asking ‘How would the use of interactive software aid you in your ability to teach PSHE?’.

In summary, Innovation is ‘would?’ rather than ‘does?’


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