ERIC Number: EJ1169364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Innovation in the Elementary Classroom
Wright, Geoffrey A.; Jones, Matthew D.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v77 n5 p8-13 Feb 2018
In this article, the authors outline an innovation curriculum that can be taught to elementary-aged students to expand their creative and innovative abilities and potential. The curriculum focuses on divergent and convergent thinking principles embedded in a hands-on learning pedagogy. The curriculum framework is based on an innovation model known by the acronym: USERS (Wright & Jones, 2016). USERS (Image 1) stands for Understand, Shape, Explore, Refine, and Share. Each component has 3-4 associated behaviors that are used to help teach the related innovation component. The purpose of the curriculum is to teach and train students how to be more innovative--thus addressing the need to more fully equip them with the skills they will likely need in the 21st century.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experiential Learning, Creativity, Innovation, Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Comprehension, Problem Solving, Inquiry, Information Dissemination
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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