Reflections on objectivity in western philosophy and learning objects

Anthony Roberts (10 Salem Street, Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 1B7, Canada)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 31 August 2005


This paper takes a broad introductory look at the notion of objectivity within the western philosophic tradition of liberal individualism and exposes how this is related to, or sets the stage for, the creation of learning objects as a concept. Objectivity is predicated on ideas such as the removal of context and the ability to transcend social, cultural and discursive position. Learning objects have often been conceptualised as outside of context as well. This paper presents some of the criticisms of this approach in transcending context and suggests that this conceptualisation may prove problematic in the successful execution, creation and distribution of learning objects.



Roberts, A. (2005), "Reflections on objectivity in western philosophy and learning objects", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 155-163.

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