Opening up Education in the Middle-East: A cross-cultural overview

Romina Cachia, Isidro Maya Jariego, Mohammad Aldaoud, Ayman Eldeib, Omar Hiari, Adiy Tweissi,, Katherine Wimpenny, Daniel Villar-Onrubia

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In this paper, we examine how open education is adopted in the Middle East region. Basing our study on Hofstede’s model, we examine how culture, in particularly collectivism and power distance may influence the adoption of open education. Also, we look at the relationship between internationalization of tertiary education and open education. Based on in-depth interviews and participatory action research with experts in the fields from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco, our findings suggest that beyond the technical aspect and the development of content, adoption of open education in the Middle East region is influenced by cultural aspects which needs to be taken into consideration. As an emerging sub-culture, open education has the potential to transform and change some cultural barriers related to both power distance and collectivists cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Publication statusSubmitted - 29 Jun 2018

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