ERIC Number: EJ799562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
What Are Open Universities for?
Open Learning, v23 n2 p85-93 Jun 2008
This article proposes a framework within which the question as to the purposes of open universities should be examined. It argues that the question has become submerged over time through the establishment of so many open universities that have become natural elements in a higher education landscape rather than remaining radical and innovative institutions. The article looks at a number of innovative distance teaching higher education institutions from the nineteenth century through to the contemporary period, and examines case studies in a wide international range. The outcome of the argument is that open universities should articulate their purposes within a discourse of development, and engage with the ethical and political questions as to how development is understood and advanced.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Open Universities, Distance Education, Politics of Education, Educational History, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa; Spain; United Kingdom; USSR