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ERIC Number: ED505488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Engaging Students on Innovation. Footnotes. Volume 14, Number 1
Kuehner, Trudy
Foreign Policy Research Institute
This essay summarizes the discussion on how to engage students in the history of innovation that took place at the Wachman Center's two-day history institute for teachers on this subject held October 18-19, 2008. It was observed that hero innovators generally fail multiple times, and suggested that innovation may be fostered by providing a learning atmosphere where failure is both accepted and anticipated. Contests like Olympiad of the Mind or Science Fair, unconventional problem-solving exercises, biographical narrative, a Rube Goldberg contest, and ranking important innovations, were offered as potential environments for teaching and encouraging innovative thinking. Institute speakers included Lawrence Husick, Peter Watson, Walter McDougall and Paul Dickler.
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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