Getting to the Innovation Core Part 3:The Taxonomy

The successful STEM schools that agreed to participate in my study were willing to to identify and trend their schools’ design-culture, but more importantly, allowed me to analyze and evaluate the data to determine the most critical and innovative elements and components that which became their taxonomy of innovation.  The figure below shows the findings in what I call Mixed STEM Schools-STEM schools that have both traditional and innovative elements and components.


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The Innovation Taxonomy in Five Mixed STEM Schools

My abstract provides a condensed snapshot of my study (301 pages should you care to read the whole thing!).  Essentially, the method of analyzing and evaluating each school’s design-culture evolved into a case-study for the cross-case analysis of the data.  The findings are shown above, the most critical and innovative elements and components in five STEM Schools.  Using Zhao’s (2012) innovative indicators, coded to align with school design-school culture, the data from artifacts, interviews, and school frameworks, allowed me to look at innovation from Zhao’s lens, as well as to analyze and evaluate the elements and components that were identified within the data.

The methodology was as important to me as were the findings.  In essence, I have created the tool that can be used with any school’s choice of indicators, to assist schools with the process of getting to the core of innovation.  The findings are either a wake up call or the catalyst to improve upon existing innovation.  It can also lead to more questions and reflection which is the hallmark of any learning organization.

Step back for a moment and reflect on this infographic.

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Innovating School Culture-School Design in the Learning Organization Creating a learning organization, one that innovates to provide opportunities for students to be autonomous, create, collaborate locally and globally, and become ready for the future that they create, is a process not a set of linear steps or a one shot deal.  There is no great now you’re innovative-Congratulations!  It is work, constant reflection and commitment to co-creating the places where leaders, teachers, students, and community can learn, work, and play.

My intention in making the recommendations for the STEM schools in my study who were willing to take the risk to really delve deeply into their school culture-school design, was to provide them with specific suggestions that could assist them in developing the innovation in their learning organizations.  But first, my next blog will speak to what is not in the taxonomy of innovation.  What is missing from the innovation core? Why?  Next, we will confront and challenge the barriers to innovation.


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