ERIC Number: EJ918224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb-2
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Innovation: Tougher than It Looks
Sparks, Sarah D.
Education Week, v30 n19 p1, 14 Feb 2011
Massive federal education competitions like the $650 million Investing in Innovation fund have heightened interest in practical education research, but even the most promising findings aimed at improving student learning face a long, uncertain path to become something more concrete and usable for the classroom. Unlike fields such as physics or genetics, education science historically has not benefited from a large cadre of engineering and implementation firms ready to test lab results in a market context and launch successful programs quickly. To the contrary, experts say, the education and business communities often have trouble pulling in the same direction. "The path to the market from something that shows promising implications in the lab is fraught with complications," said Larry Berger, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the New York City-based Wireless Generation, at the first Education Venture Fair held last month, in Washington.
Descriptors: Innovation, Research and Development, Marketing, Technology Transfer, Risk, School Business Relationship, Educational Research, Investment, Program Attitudes
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