The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
The Effects and Implications of Using Open Educational Resources in Secondary Schools
Harvey, Paul and Bond, John

PublishedMay 2022
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 107-119
CountryUnited States, North America

ABSTRACT
Open educational resources (OER) constitute a curriculum innovation that is considered revolutionary and has the potential to change the landscape of curriculum at all levels and content areas. OER have gained attention and widespread acceptance by educators and policy makers since 2002. The promise of OER is that they provide cost savings, promote collaboration, and are adaptable to the needs of teachers and students while providing a legitimate alternative to commercially produced print textbooks. Determining the relevance and viability of the movement to embrace OER requires an examination of theoretical foundations and empirical research to illuminate the effect of using OER as core curricula. While advocates promote the use of OER as a financially liberating model of curriculum and as a source of constructivist learning materials, more research is needed. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between OER and student learning. The study critically analyzed previous studies on OER and applied empirical analyses to the use of OER by a sample of middle schools. Twenty-eight middle schools from Washington State served as the subjects for the study. The study followed an ex post facto causal comparative model. Three research questions provided the focus for the study to investigate the effects of OER curriculum, duration of curriculum use, and other factors on student achievement in middle school mathematics. The results of the study found non-significant effects for OER use in relationship to school performance in mathematics, and significant effects on math scores for the variables of student poverty, curriculum duration, and cohort size.

Keywords open educational resources · secondary schools · mathematics · state testing

Published atSeattle
LanguageEnglish
ISSN1482-3831
RefereedYes
RightsCC BY
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v22i3.5293
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar



AVAILABLE FILES
5293-Article Text-39220-1-10-20220425.pdf · 344KB



Viewed by 90 distinct readers




CLOUD COMMUNITY REVIEWS

The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


POST A COMMENT
SIMILAR RECORDS

The effectiveness of Open Educational Resources in college calculus. A quantitative study
Kersey, Scott
We investigate Open Educational Resources (OER) in post-secondary Calculus with face-to-face instruction using web-based homework in a side-by-side comparison with Closed (Proprietary) Educational Resources (CER). ...
Match: United States; North America

Evaluating the effectiveness of adopting open educational resources in an introductory American government course
Lawrence, Christopher N.; Lester, Julie A.
In this article, we present findings from a grant-funded initiative to replace traditional, proprietary textbooks with an open content textbook under a Creative Commons license in the introductory American government ...
Match: United States; North America

Faculty survey finds awareness of Open Educational Resources low
Babson Survey Research Group; Pearson
Teaching faculty at institutions of higher education remain largely unaware of open educational resources (OER), but the potential exists for much wider adoption, according to a new report from Babson Survey Research ...
Match: United States; North America

Higher education: The success and challenges in Open Education Resources (OER)
Pena, Heather
Open Education Resources (OER) in higher education is reaching new platforms around the world. In this paper I would like to explore the success and challenges that higher education face when adopting an OER platform. ...
Match: United States; North America

Department of Labor funnels $2B into free higher ed OER
Aderoju, Darlene
California State University, in partnership with the the Department of Labor, is providing community college students with an open educational platform.
Match: United States; North America

ACT acquires open educational resources provider
Lestch, Corinne
ACT Inc., which makes the college readiness test, has acquired OpenEd, a leading K-12 open educational resources provider.
Match: United States; North America

Education Department announces new open educational resources hire, college website
Lestch, Corinne
Andrew Marcinek was hired by the Office of Educational Technology to work on connecting K-12 and higher ed schools to openly licensed educational resources.
Match: United States; North America

Key questions to drive smarter higher education content strategies
Pigman, Kerry
Commentary: The convergence of open education resources, digital and licensed content requires institutions to rethink their content and IT strategies.
Match: United States; North America

Opening World Regional Geography: A Case Study
Finlayson, Caitlin
A growing body of research has demonstrated that open educational resources (OER) provide an opportunity for improvements in learning outcomes compared to traditional texts. This project builds on the Open Education ...
Match: open educational resources; United States; North America

Edtech developers to create open educational resources
Lestch, Corinne
Ten content developers will compete to create prototype open educational resources, which are openly-licensed lesson plans and materials that can be used and modified by teachers.
Match: United States; North America