The relevance of Western Models of Innovation for the Rwanda Context

Shafi, Adeela ORCID: 0000-0002-6265-5024 (2016) The relevance of Western Models of Innovation for the Rwanda Context. In: 2016 CIES Annual Conference Comparative and International Education Society, March 2016, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

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The introductory paper will present an overview of the activities undertaken by the Innovation for Education Fund and critically reflect on the relevance of the underlying Western view of innovation in education for the African context. The paper will first present the model of innovation underlying the Fund. It will locate the model within the broader literature largely derived from Western industrialized contexts and a more limited literature relating to Africa. The model involved assumptions concerning how leadership for innovation is conceptualized; the nature of organizational support and culture; the human and physical resources available to support innovation; the degree of existing networking and collaboration around innovation; and the ability of the Ministry of Education to generate evidence of ‘what works’ in innovation to plan for scale-up. The paper will draw on quantitative and qualitative evidence gathered as part of the diagnostic assessment of the existing environment for innovation in Rwanda undertaken by the team as well as from evaluation of the innovation training, fairs and award scheme. This data will be used to analyse the appropriateness of the assumptions underlying the model for the Rwandan context through a presentation of some of the ways that the model did not adequately take account of the harsh realities of working in resource starved and top-down education systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: PhD awarded by University of Bristol
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rwanda; Innovation
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 09:33
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43

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