Applying Transformative Learning Theory to Open Education

Stacy Katz

Abstract


Open Educational Resources present a paradigmatic shift in the textbook market, particularly in higher education. Currently, Rogers' diffusion of innovation theory is the model largely utilized to understand the phenomenon of OER adoption. In this essay, I argue that a transformative learning approach would be more appropriate in examining and instigating the critical reflection necessary for facilitating this change.

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open educational resources; textbooks

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