Taking Up Innovation: An Emerging Role for Educational Researchers
Hiller Spires, David Frye, Meredith Pittman, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Much of the complication surrounding innovation in any field derives from the fact that the gains from new and creative strategies can only be realized if organizations reconfigure the way they work. In these iterative rounds of change management, true innovation often occurs slowly. One test of solid innovative engagement is the "institutionalization" of change and the questions it poses. North Carolina State University (NCSU) has created such an entity with the establishment of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in the College of Education, located on the University's Centennial Campus. FI is designed to capitalize on the University's long history of committed engagement in the public, private and nonprofit sectors of the state and its leadership role in economic development. This paper will consider the role of innovation in educational research and pose challenges that Friday Institute researchers will encounter as they embrace educational innovation.
Spires, H., Frye, D. & Pittman, M. (2004). Taking Up Innovation: An Emerging Role for Educational Researchers. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1408-1412). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).