Supporting Bricolage as Leadership for Systemic Pedagogical Innovations
Nancy Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Innovation has become an increasingly important theme in education. Since the last decade of the twentieth century, there has been a mushrooming of systematic education reforms in many countries around the world, resulting in some cases deep changes in the curriculum, the pedagogical activities as well as the roles of teachers and learners. A major challenge in education is how to sustain and scale up innovations. This paper argues that much of the efforts in systemic educational change are only systematic changes. Complex systems are characterized by the high interconnectedness among different components. Sustainability and scalability should be part of the system design and can only be achieved if mechanisms for opportunistically setting up social infrastructures to support bricolage and innovation-centered networking are in place. This paper draws on the case studies of innovative pedagogical practices using technology collected in the Second Information Technology in Education Study Module 2 (SITES M2) to illustrate this claim.
Law, N. (2006). Supporting Bricolage as Leadership for Systemic Pedagogical Innovations. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2114-2119). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).