ERIC Number: EJ691488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Scaling up as Catachresis
International Journal of Research and Method in Education, v28 n1 p23-32 Apr 2005
The metaphor of scaling up is the wrong one to use for describing and prescribing educational change. Many of the strategies being employed to achieve scaling up are counter-productive: they conceive of practitioners as delivery agents or consumers, rather than as co-constructors of change. An approach to educational innovation based on the concept of taking local innovations to scale carries the danger of turning schools into franchises and of reducing the global diversity of educational ideas. Sound educational ideas get scaled up not only (or primarily) through a linear, top-down model that begins with a laboratory test and ends with a road show of workshops and training sessions. They also get scaled up - in the sense of disseminated and then adapted in ways that change practice - through researchers sharing with practitioners thickly described, contextualized examples of innovative practices and then inviting practitioners to decide how best to adapt these innovative practices for their local settings.
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