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ERIC Number: EJ942946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Who Are the Innovators?
O'Banion, Terry; Weidner, Laura; Wilson, Cynthia
Community College Enterprise, v16 n2 p11-20 Fall 2010
As we approach the second decade of the new millennium, there is a renaissance of innovation in education, a resurgence of interest and experimentation that begs for analysis and review. To that end, the League for Innovation in the Community College proposed to conduct a national study on the nature of innovation in the community college using recipients of its Innovation of the Year award from 1999 through 2008 as a data set. With funding from MetLife Foundation, researchers examined these innovations and explored the perspectives of the winners of these awards. In September 2009, a survey created by the researchers with assistance from a focus group, field-tested on a sample of winners not included in the project, and vetted by a National Advisory Committee was distributed electronically to the 400 award winners; 117 respondents returned surveys for a return rate of 29%. In addition to the survey, more than 40 of the award winners were interviewed using interview questions created by the researchers and vetted by the national advisory committee. The full report and all project findings can be accessed at In the present article the authors report only on the survey of the Innovation of the Year Award winners, including who the innovators are, how they work, and why they choose to innovate. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A