ERIC Number: ED206094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Recent Trends in the Research on Innovations in Education. Report No. 28.
An overview of recent trends in research on educational innovation contributes to a framework for further analysis. Two basic assumptions made are that innovation depends on multiple factors and that innovation itself is a three-stage process involving initiation, implementation, and incorporation into an organizational structure. The most important of the stages is implementation. The distinction between educational reform, which happens at the system-wide level, and educational innovation, which occurs at much lower levels, dictates that research on the implementation of innovations must focus on the "micro" level, that of the school and the classroom. A summary of research on the determinants of implementation indicates that they comprise four sets of factors, including the nature of the innovation, the characteristics of the school, the attitudes and attributes of the teachers, and the particular strategies chosen for implementation. However, researchers on innovation should not ignore the role of larger sociopolitical influences, such as the lack of long-term continuity in governmental policies. (RW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium).
Note: Invitational address presented at the International Standing Conference on the History of Education (Jablonna, Poland, September 24-27, 1980).