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A perspective of teachers’ appropriation of educational innovations

Wei Sheng Timmy Ng (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
Elaine Wilson (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies

ISSN: 2046-8253

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a framework describing teachers’ affective and cognitive thought processes, as well as the sensemaking and decision making ongoing within them, during the various stages of the appropriation of an educational innovation.

Design/methodology/approach

The Rubicon model of action phases, borrowed from psychology, is first used as a lens to understand teachers’ will. The model is subsequently adapted to reconcile it with existing literature on teacher beliefs, teacher sensemaking, and teachers’ resistance.

Findings

The proposed framework shows that teachers’ appropriation of an educational innovation is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. This contradicts appropriation as simply a procedural implementation of research recommendations, culminating in only success or failure.

Originality/value

The paper sensitises policymakers, school leaders, and teacher educators to the complexity of the appropriation process. The proposed framework serves as a starting point for school and reform leaders, to re-examine their school’s implementation of an educational innovation from a more human relations perspective.

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Citation

Ng, W.S.T. and Wilson, E. (2017), "A perspective of teachers’ appropriation of educational innovations", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 202-215. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-12-2016-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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