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The effectiveness of educational innovations : An explorative study into innovation effectiveness, types of innovation and the role of institutional governance

Nelissen, D.M. (2022) The effectiveness of educational innovations : An explorative study into innovation effectiveness, types of innovation and the role of institutional governance.

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Abstract:The Dutch government uses public funds to create education innovation programmes in which teacher initiatives to innovate within their own educational institutes are supported. However, there is a lack of evidence that the developed innovations are effective and improve education. This study was done to explore the effectiveness of such innovations, studying which types of innovation were effective, and what role the governance of the educational institutes played in this. The research question of this study was: “What is the effect of institutional governance features and types of innovation on the effectiveness of innovations in Dutch secondary and higher education?” This question was answered through qualitative research, consisting of eighteen interviews and content analysis of 78 documents. The results indicated that educational content innovation was effective in terms of teacher and student attitude improvement, student skill and knowledge development, and goal achievement. Didactical method, educational tool, and organisational innovations were less effective for these dimensions. The complexity of the innovation, professionalisation, and embedding of an innovation in its school organisation were found to be determinants for innovation effectiveness. Of the four studied institutional governance features, only the hierarchical structure had an effect on the effectiveness of the educational innovations. Organisational size, organisational culture, and leadership did not influence the effectiveness of an innovation. An implication of these results was that the studied innovation programmes successfully stimulated the development of diverse innovations and allowed teachers to further develop their education and themselves. Moreover, it was found that innovations with a low complexity and small scope tended to be more effective within these programmes. Therefore, the innovation programmes could consider focussing their efforts on these innovations. One of the scientific implications of this study is that the findings help better understand the relationship between types of innovations and their effectiveness. The mechanism between institutional governance and innovation effectiveness remains relatively unclear and more research on this is needed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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