Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Open Politics and Education

  • Nishant Shah
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_221


The educational dimensions of Openness elicit very strong and impassioned responses. On the one hand are Open activists and advocates, who see the promises of open, especially those arising with digital and distributed networked technologies, as the panacea to a lot of contemporary challenges at building just, fair, and safe educational platforms. Openness, for them, encompasses a wide spectrum of processes, values, and ideologies, ranging from calls for dismantling the classroom to the augmentation of existing pedagogic practices that would change the inequalities of power and inequities of ownership that are identified as key critiques of the modernist-capitalist university framework. On the other hand are the Open skeptics, who point out that the unbridled celebration of openness is both utopian and unsustainable. Eschewing the idea of the Open as an alternative, they are quick to point out that open is equally constructed by positions of power and can often be...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Culture and Aesthetic of New MediaLeuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Deimann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Digital LearningFachhochschule Lübeck University of Applied SciencesLübeckGermany