Making Innovation Part of the Learning Ethic

In CEP 812 we have been working on wicked problems. The wicked problem that I have been working on is making innovation part of the learning ethic. I worked in a “think tank” where we discussed innovation in education and how wicked of a problem it truly is. Innovation is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot. In education innovation is something that is usually tied to the use of technology in the classroom. As new technologies are being developed there is a push for education systems to become more innovative.

In the “think tank” we talked about this idea of innovation in education and the stakeholders who might be involved in the process of solving this problem. The “think tank” identified students, parents, teachers, administration, and outside sources as being stakeholders in this problem. Outside sources include higher level educational systems, curriculum design companies, technology and app development. What makes the problem of innovation in education so wicked is there are so many stakeholders involved which does not lend itself to finding quick solutions. We are able to create four why questions for making innovation part of the learning ethic.

  1. Why innovate in the first place? Hasn’t school figured it out by now?
  2. Why aren’t more teachers and students given protection from potential failure with consequences when attempting innovative practices?
  3. Why is the apprenticeship of observation not broken when teachers go through teacher preparatory programs?
  4. Why are success indicators not adjusted to allow for innovation to be more central to the educational practice?

In my infographic below I dive deeper into these four questions. While collaborating with the “think tank” and wrestling with the four why questions, I learned that innovation is a term which constantly evolves, meaning solutions to the problem will also have to be in a constant state of evolution. I have also learned that it is not easy to change an institution that has been around for such a long time and it’s one of the only professions where an apprenticeship of observation is involved.  To better understand this problem and how wicked it is I have created the infographic below.




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O’Bryan, Michael. (2013) Innovation: The Most Important and Overused Word in America. Retrieved from

Weller, Chris. (2016, Oct. 10) The 14 most innovative schools in the world. Retrieved from



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