Developing a framework for analysing the sustainability of innovation in higher education

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Abstract

This conceptual paper presents a framework for analysing innovation sustainability. Located in the literatures of educational leadership, change and complexity, it contends that such an analysis needs to consider how innovations develop in relation to the contextual layers in which they operate, and how this relationship impacts reciprocally on users and the lifespan of innovations. Drawing on the ecological concept of sustainable development, sustainable innovations are evolutionary in nature, adapting over time in response to emergent changes, challenges and needs in a manner that builds capacity and supports the diversity of its users. Examples from an innovative postgraduate programme in educational leadership and change are used to illustrate factors that facilitate and inhibit sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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sustainable development
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Citation

Bryant, D. (2013, August). Developing a framework for analysing the sustainability of innovation in higher education. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial EARL Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Munich, Germany.

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG)
  • TDG project code: T0094
  • Period: TDG 2010-2011
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Output