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ERIC Number: ED028719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
Pages: 6
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Reward Systems for Innovation.
Watson, Goodwin
In the belief that large numbers of college teachers would be eager to experiment with new teaching techniques and design new courses if they were given the opportunity and time to do so, the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education established "Project Changeover." There was immense support for this summer workshop devoted to the development of major innovations in content or method of teaching. A similar program, "Outreach," focusing on teams of faculty and students, is being developed. An enlightening aspect of Project Changeover was the opportunity to bring together the innovators after they had tried their new designs for a year on their own campuses. Despite the careful initial development of methods and ideas, most teachers had encountered unexpected difficulties. The obstacles most frequently reported were: the innovation needed more time than anticipated; readiness of the students was overestimated; the relative isolation of the experimenter on his campus; and a shortage of necessary facilities. There are ways to overcome these restraints and the recommendation dealing with the problem of facilities relates to an organizational change that would contribute substantially toward incentives for innovation--the establishment of units for research and development of the college or university itself. When constructive innovation becomes the dominant concern of the institution, the question of how to establish "reward systems" for faculty creativity will have been answered. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education, Yellow Springs, OH.