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Open Education and the Open Science Economy


by Michael A. Peters — 2009

Openness as a complex code word for a variety of digital trends and movements has emerged as an alternative mode of “social production” based on the growing and overlapping complexities of open source, open access, open archiving, open publishing, and open science. Openness in this sense refers to open source models of scientific communication, knowledge distribution, and educational development, although it has a number of deeper registers that refer more widely to government (“open government”), society (“open society”), economy (“open economy”) and even psychology (openness as one of the traits of personality theory). The concept and evolving set of practices has profound consequences for education at all levels. “Openness” has become a leading source of innovation in the world global digital economy, increasingly adopted by world governments, international agencies, and multinationals, as well as by leading educational institutions as a means of promoting scientific inquiry and international collaboration.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 108. No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 14, 2009, p. 203-225
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18440, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 3:19:03 AM

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  • Michael Peters
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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    MICHAEL A PETERS is Professor of Education at UIUC, appointed 2005 on an Excellence Faculty Hire Program. He was Professor of Education and Research Professor at the University of Glasgow (2000-05) where he remains Visiting Professor. He has recent interests in philosophy of education and social theory and is the editor of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, as well as two ejournals, Policy Futures in Education, and E-Learning.
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