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    Open Education as a threshold concept in Teacher Education: a theoretical framework for further research

    Tur, G. and Marin, V.I. and Havemann, Leo and Keefer, J. and Marsh, J.D. and Nascimbeni, F. and Crump, H. and Baker, N. and Garcia Vallejo, M.C. (2018) Open Education as a threshold concept in Teacher Education: a theoretical framework for further research. In: OER18: Open to All, 18-19 Apr 2018, Bristol, UK. (Unpublished)

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    * Threshold concept framework: A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress. As a consequence of comprehending a threshold concept there may thus be a transformed internal view of subject matter, subject landscape, or even worldview (Meyer and Land, 2003). Threshold concepts have been explored in many disciplines (Bradbeer, 2006) and may have a key role for the transformation of the students’ learning experience (Cousin, 2006). Since open education has implications for innovation and change (Peter and Deimann, 2013), we suggest exploring it as a threshold concept. There are five main attributes defined originally by Meyer and Land (2003) and three more have also been listed stemming from comments made by the authors (UCL, 2013): transformative, troublesome, irreversible, integrative, bounded, discursive, reconstitutive and liminal. * Openness as a threshold concept: 1. Transformative Is openness transformative for students involved in open educational practices? 2. Troublesome What difficulties do students face when being involved in open educational practices? 3. Irreversible How do students’ perceptions change when being involved in open educational practices? How do these changes impact visions of their own future professional careers? 4. Liminality How can the progressive change towards the open movement be scaffolded? How can feedback help in the construction of authentic open educational practices? 5. Discursive What kind of narrative do students involved in open educational practices develop? Does it reflect authentic construction of the open movement understanding? This is the theoretical framework for future research about openness as a threshold concept. More research is needed to obtain data that would throw light on how to address each particular attribute. This is an open call to those interested in going further in this line of research.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    School: Birkbeck Professional Services > IT Services
    Depositing User: Leo Havemann
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 07:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:43


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