ERIC Number: EJ823973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Thoughts on Education and Innovation
Whitehead, Diane P.
Childhood Education, v85 n2 p105-B Win 2008
The word "innovate" can be traced back to the 1400s, where it originated from the Middle French word "innovacyon" meaning "renewal" or "new way of doing things." Typically, innovation is considered an activity of technology, engineering, and other specialized, scientifically based fields that employ approaches and strategies to spark connectivity, improve design, and translate ideas into tangible realities. In recent years, the mindset of innovation has gradually moved from technology, engineering, and business into the social sector as a good way to advance the systems and services that improve the lives of people. A new era of so-called "social entrepreneurs" are innovating to transform schools, health clinics, and human service agencies around the world. Innovation as a strategy can be used as the driving force for all types of development. However, innovation is not employed more often as a strategy to improve schools and advance education simply because becoming an innovator requires letting go of the old and exploring the new. This often requires a set of activities that are not commonly employed by schools, including benchmarking and brainstorming. Yet, how does one create a school culture that drives and encourages innovation? In this article, the author discusses several key areas in which schools need to develop in order to become centers of innovation. These include: (1) leadership; (2) shared decision-making; (3) rewards; and (4) learning.
Descriptors: Innovation, Engineering, Rewards, Educational Improvement, Technology, Entrepreneurship
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