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ERIC Number: ED505495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
More than Just Tools and Toys: Teaching Innovation. Footnotes. Volume 13, Number 10
Husick, Lawrence A.
Foreign Policy Research Institute
When individuals and populations of organisms face resource scarcity, they respond in various ways: by substituting other resources, by expanding or changing geographic range, or by finding ways to compete more successfully for the resources. Humans have also responded to scarcity through innovation: inventing new ideas and tools with which to create value in order to mitigate scarcity. Understood properly, innovation is a central theme of human history and societal organization, and it may be used as an organizing principle in the teaching of history, economics, and many other fields.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute, Wachman Center