DUVERNET, L., 2002. Innovation – the key to success. Design & Technology Association International Research Conference, 12-14 April, pp. 73-79.
Industry research has shown that the companies that grow
are the companies that innovate. Opportunities to teach the
principles of innovation in education, and schooling in
particular, have rarely been explored in any serious way.
No doubt there has been substantial growth in this area in
the last decade. The paper discusses the need for instruction
in innovation in schools and overviews projects in a number
of countries, and the relative success of each. The majority
of these projects were conducted outside what we have
considered for centuries as ‘the traditional classroom’. This
raises questions about the adequacy of the speed at which
education is changing and to challenge educators to remove
their rather ‘blinkered approach’ to ‘incrementalist creep’ as
the basis of developing future possibilities for education and
schooling. Observers would say that education is not
keeping pace with societal changes and is in line for a good
dose of innovation itself. Research to discover the students’
perceptions of current education, support this observation.
The paper concludes with suggestions for a more innovative
approach to education and the role of technology educators
as catalysts for change.