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Open educational resources: education for the world?

  • Education is widely seen as an important means of addressing both national and international problems, such as political or religious extremism, poverty, and hunger. However, if developing countries are to become societies that can compete properly with Western industrialized countries, not only is a fundamental shift in thinking with regard to the value of education and more/better provision of teaching required, but strong support from other countries is needed as well. This article explores questions such as whether Western policymakers can avoid a repetition of some of the failures of the past few decades in terms of providing foreign aid; how educators and providers of educational scenarios and learning contents can foster and manage the creation of a worldwide knowledge society; and in particular, if the provision of open educational resources (OER) can realistically overcome the educational gap and foster educational justice.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Thomas Richter, Maggie McPherson
Parent Title (English):Distance Education
First Page:201
Last Page:219
Date of first publication:2012/07/24
Tag:OER; adaptability; developing countries; educational gap; foreign aid; illiterates
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
Entry in this database:2018/10/17