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ERIC Number: ED425489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 15
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How Can Chapaati Be Transformed into Bread? Or How Innovation Can Founder on the Rock of Established Practices.
Mangubhai, Francis
Although the efficacy of educational innovation has basic implicit assumptions, this paper argues the need for contextual conditions such as curriculum, resources, teacher competence, and educational infrastructures as a point of departure for predicting the potential success of a proposed innovation. A discussion of the fundamental dynamics of change is followed by an examination of two educational projects that were not entirely successful. The paper concludes that an incremental approach to change is the effective way of ensuring the success of an innovation and its acceptance by teachers and administrators. This minimizes the chance that the innovation will be contrary to sociocultural practices of a society. The projects examined were related to foreign language acquisition in selected schools in the South Pacific and Australia. LOTE (Language Other Than English) and CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) methodologies are discussed with particular emphasis on the characteristics of CLT. (RIB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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