Education for Innovation

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Vol: 1, Issue: 1

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wcsedust/vol1/iss1/5
Author(s):
Charles, Chris
Tags:
Higher Education; Science and Mathematics Education
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Our training and experiences early on shape the people that we become. Fostering freethinking, critical appraisal, and the generation of ideas and solutions opens doors that we may never have dreamed of. Innovation doesn’t stem from inspiration alone; rather it is the culmination of one’s opportunities (both created and offered), one’s diligence, and one’s hard work. Novel pedagogical methods that stimulate creativity and experimentation lead to big solutions; and yet, these opportunities are often scarce and only available a select few. While university should be a place to learn the theory of our respective field, it should also be a breeding ground for inspiration and innovation. Students and teachers alike need to shift their focus from learning to pass exams and publish papers, and instead devote their time and energy to passionate creation for social good. Rather than prescribing solutions for what we deem to be a population’s problems, we need to immerse ourselves fully and seek out those transformative, lived experiences in order to be truly competent Makers. This type of exposure is at the core of related fields like anthropology and sociology, but is so often overlooked in traditional science. Innovation in science education requires thoughtful and purposeful contextualization of our methods and our impacts on society.