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ERIC Number: ED505429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the History of Innovation: A History Institute for Teachers. Footnotes. Volume 13, Number 26
Kuehner, Trudy
Foreign Policy Research Institute
On October 18-19, 2008, FPRI's Wachman Center hosted 40 teachers from 21 states across the country for a weekend of discussion on teaching the history of innovation. The Institute was hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In his opening remarks, Walter A. McDougall noted that while Americans take for granted a frantic pace of change in material culture, few humanities or social science teachers know much about the process or even the definition of innovation, and few stimulate students to question faith in "progress." Sessions included: (1) Ideas: A History of Thought (Peter Watson); (2) From Stone to Silicon: a Brief Survey of Technology and Inventions (Lawrence Husick); (3) Social and Technological Change in American and Western History (Alex Wright); (4) Teaching Innovation (Panel discussion with Lawrence Husick, Joy Hakimm, Dennis Shasha and Paul Dickler); (5) Innovation and Invention: the Computer as a Case History (Lawrence Husick and Dennis Shasha); (6) War and Technology (Alex Roland); and (7) Innovation and the Growth of the American Economy (David Hounshell.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute, Wachman Center