This study is aimed at comparing the concept of open education and alternative education. These two have been introduced on the reflection of conventional education system. Although they contribute to the betterment of conventional education system, the concept of those system is yet ambiguous and confusing. So, it is necessary to establish a precise definition of these two system. To achieve this purpose, this article uses comparison on the point of educational idea, curriculum and education method between these two.
Firstly, on the viewpoint of educational idea, alternative education focuses on fundamental reform of conventional system, such as respect for life, ecological thoughts, and so on. on the other hand, open education is more moderate and conservative in this field.
Secondly, both of two respect student's autonomy, in case of selection of curriculum and respect of personality. But, alternative education, in comparison with open education, lay stress on field education.
Lastly, on the educational method perspective, both of two are open to experience learning, team teaching, and discussion study. But, alternative education comparatively pursuits to the small-scale school, whereas, not so in the open education.