Processes of Innovation and Change
In this final chapter we focus on the processes of innovation and change-- the ways in which innovation is introduced and utilized to effect change in secondary education. The all-important role of the teacher is first emphasized.
The point of view throughout this book is that the teacher--the professional school person--is a key figure in innovation. Any significant change in education must ultimately affect the relationship of the teachers and the taught. Whether it is change desired in the teacher himself, or in the plans, materials, processes, organizations he uses--and it may be impossible to separate change in the thing from change in the person-the teacher is inextricably involved. If the teacher seeks change and is involved in making it, its chances of success are high. If the teacher avoids change, and is involved reluctantly, if at all, in making it, its chances of success are correspondingly low.