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Creativity and innovation in science and technology: Bridging the gap between secondary and tertiary levels of education

Yashwantrao Ramma (Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius)
Martin Samy (Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK)
Ajit Gopee (University of Technology, Mauritius, Port Louis, Mauritius)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper stems from a study which was conducted as a means to first, find out whether there is a gap between the secondary and tertiary education levels, second identify any existing gap in Science and Technology education, and third, examine the impact of the above upon students’ creativity and innovativeness at university level. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

As such, a group of teachers and students at both secondary and tertiary levels were selected as the sample of the study. Questionnaires were administered to trained secondary school teachers and to university students. Interviews were also conducted to triangulate data. These enabled an analysis of the current situation in terms of students’ engagement/creativity/innovativeness in Science and Technology at secondary and tertiary levels.

Findings

The findings reveal a problematic situation arising with respect to beliefs and what truly prevails in the education sector at secondary and tertiary levels. This study has revealed a number of salient issues related to the gap existing between the secondary and tertiary levels of education in Mauritius, with special bearing on creativity and innovation in Science and Technology.

Research limitations/implications

Only three institutions were involved, with a small sample of students, so that the findings cannot be generalised. Moreover, gender is a variable that has not been taken into consideration.

Practical implications

The study has proposed a number of recommendations to enable Mauritian students (at secondary and tertiary levels) to develop creativity and hopefully become innovators. This leads us to believe that the recommendations emerging from this study will be beneficial to various stakeholders who wish to understand the gap existing between secondary and tertiary education in Science and Technology education.

Originality/value

This study takes a case study approach adopting a mixture of interviews, surveys and observations to understand the research problems with regards to the younger generations need to be equipped with scientific and technological advances in acquiring knowledge, new sets of skills and values. Therefore, this study endeavours to document the perceptions of learners and faculty staff.

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Citation

Ramma, Y., Samy, M. and Gopee, A. (2015), "Creativity and innovation in science and technology: Bridging the gap between secondary and tertiary levels of education ", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 2-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-05-2013-0076

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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