The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship


reviewed by Gene Glass & Sherman Dorn 2006

coverTitle: The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship
Author(s): John Willinsky
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262232421, Pages: 287, Year: 2006
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We shouldn’t be surprised from his oeuvre that John Willinsky’s latest book is about expanding access to knowledge. As the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia, his scholarship initially focused on historical and socio-cultural aspects of literacy and curriculum. The trail of his scholarly contributions wends an impressive path through Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (1994), to Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's end (1998)—an AERA "best book" award winner—to If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research (2000), to the present offering.   It is no great act of perspicacity to discern the thread in Willinsky's ten books and dozens of articles: How is knowledge sanctified, how is knowledge turned into a commodity, and how is knowledge distributed? The Access Principle is the logical extension of this path, though one hopes not its termination.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1715-1720
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12338, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:47:47 PM

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