Open Education as Social Movement? Between Evidence-Based Research and Activism

Marco Kalz*

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This chapter analyzes open education initiatives through the lens of social movement theory. Open education is introduced as a field with multiple dimensions, activities, and perspectives. Social movement theory is used to discuss along the dimensions of conflict and protest, cultural representation, values and collective action, and the influence of the social, political, and cultural context. Accordingly, epistemic communities are proposed as an alternative development direction for the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Open, Distance and Digital Education
Editors Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Insung Jung
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-0351-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


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