Open Education, An Overview of
Open Education: The Very Basic Idea
Openness and education represent a perfect couple or “kindred spirits” (Deimann 2013) because they are inherently linked to each other. As for openness, an open mind-set is a necessary prerequisite to discover the world in its fullest degree which is a process of enculturation or education or – to put it more philosophically – Bildung. This special conception has risen to prominence with the work of German philosopher and diplomat Wilhelm von Humboldt who described it as a free, dialogical, and dialectical interplay between the person and the world in such a way that all the individual’s potentials are unfolded (self-realization). In this regard, the child is made acquainted to the world in schools by means of a standardized curriculum to ensure that all relevant fields are covered. Moreover, in educational psychology, curiosity is understood as one of the major determinants for learning which reflects again an open...
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