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Lessons learnt from literature on the diffusion of innovative learning and teaching practices in higher education

Lessons learnt from literature on the diffusion of innovative learning and teaching practices in higher education

Smith, Karen (2012) Lessons learnt from literature on the diffusion of innovative learning and teaching practices in higher education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 49 (2). pp. 173-182. ISSN 1470-3297 (Print), 1470-3300 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2012.677599)

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Abstract

Faced with the challenges of the changes in higher education, educational developers’ roles, and the use of innovation to stimulate change, this study aimed to synthesise literature dealing with the diffusion of innovative learning and teaching practices in higher education to determine what lessons could be learnt. The findings suggest that the following need to be considered if innovations are to influence widespread change: senior management support, recognition of the time needed to change practices, appropriate skill development, contextualised innovation, supportive networks and a solid institutional infrastructure. The paper also considers the difficulties faced when trying to generalise guidance in an area wrought with the complexities of change and calls for further research that problematises the realities of innovation diffusion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, learning and teaching, diffusion, higher education, educational development, change
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6927

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