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Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the identity crisis of OER advocacy
Jhangiani, Rajiv

PublishedJune 2017
Type of workSelected papers from the Open Education Consortium Global 2017 Conference
JournalOpen Praxis
Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 141–150
PublisherInternational Council for Open and Distance Education

ABSTRACT
The open education (OE) movement is in its adolescent years and experiencing an identity crisis as it is pulled towards both pragmatism (marked by an emphasis on cost savings, resources, and incremental change) and idealism (marked by an emphasis on permissions, practices, and radical change). In this article, I describe these tensions (free vs. freedom; evolution vs. revolution; and resources vs. practices) before going on to argue in favour of a nuanced resolution to this Eriksonian crisis that reflects the diverse needs and motivations of educators. The merits of an integrated approach and its implications for the future trajectory of the OE movement are discussed.

Keywords Advocacy · Erikson · open educational practices · Open Educational Resources · pencil metaphor · psychology

ISSN2304-070X
Other number2
RefereedYes
Rightsby/4.0
DOI10.5944/openpraxis.9.2.569
URLhttps://www.openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/569
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