The ecology of the open practitioner: a conceptual framework for open research

Stagg, Adrian (2017) The ecology of the open practitioner: a conceptual framework for open research. Open Praxis, 9 (4). pp. 363-374.

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Abstract

Open Educational Practices (OEP) have gained traction internationally over the last fifteen years, with individuals, institutions, and governments increasingly interested in the affordances of openness. Whilst initiatives, policies, and support mechanisms are evident, there is an ever-present danger of localised contexts being unintentionally unrecognised, which has a negative effect on mainstreaming the practice sustainably. This paper presents a conceptual framework for open research based on Bronfenbrenner’s’ Ecology of Human Development (1979) and asserts that it is through an understanding of complex influences and contexts of practice that strategic and operational processes to enable open education are manifested. It presents the framework through the lens of an emerging research project examining the experience of OEP in four Australian universities which will apply the framework as a guide for not only survey and interview question design, but also data analysis with the aim to inform broader policy development locally and nationally.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Learning and Teaching Support
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 01:37
Last Modified: 04 May 2018 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: open educational resources, open educational practice, theory of ecological development, higher education, academic development, affordance theory
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5944/openpraxis.9.4.662
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33484

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