[xmca] Education for Innovation in India, China and America

From: Russell, Donna L (russelldl@umkc.edu)
Date: Sun Jan 21 2007 - 08:22:45 PST

hi dan
i would love to go to the conference- Education for Innovation in India, China and America-- it sounds great - thanks for posting about it -
i am also interested in the issue of whether innovation can be taught -- i have worked with gifted students in suburban schools - inner city middle schools- and now in graduate educational programs - based on my experiences teaching problem-based learning in varied settings i believe it is important to design learning environments where innovation is not only encouraged --it is mandatory - as in open-ended problem solving environments where collaboration and dialog are the paramount cognitive processes- i also believe that real-world problem solving is critical- designing PBL units where students tackle environmental issues, engineering problems, or social issues as part of their learning- i also encorporate emerging new technologies - like 3-D collaborative learning environments- that allow my students the opportunity to engage with information and others at very high levels - i believe this encourages innovation-
i guess- for me- innovation happens when you design for its potentiality - hopefullly
Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Learning Technologies
Educational Psychology
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
Suite 309
School of Education
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110
(office) 816.235.2232
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> As we are talking about conferences, one for those with an international/comparative slant to your own work. It looks as if this may spark some interesting debate regarding the role of the US in the global educational community. Anyway, for what it is worth, I'm going!!!
> Cheers, Dan.
> Education for Innovation in India, China and America
> In his 2006 State of the Union message, President George W. Bush called upon the U.S. to bolster mathematics and science education and to nurture corporate innovation. In the same month, Chinese President Hu Jintao outlined major strategic tasks for building an innovation-oriented society. And Atul Khekade, COO of India's BrainReactions LLC, asked in a widely read news source if his country will become "India, the next innovation giant?"
> Two strong beliefs that have influenced national economic policy in recent years are that vibrant economies are driven by innovation, and that innovation can be taught and nurtured in schools and colleges. These ideas have been especially important in the India-China-U.S. relationship. India and China look at education and innovation as pathways to "upscaling" and diversifying their economies. The U.S. views education for innovation as a key competitive advantage and the means by which it will remain an economic superpower.
> Emory University and the India, China and America (ICA) Institute are pleased to announce an international conference on "Education for Innovation in India, China and America," to be held on March 2-3, 2007 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, USA. The goals of the conference are to examine the evidence that innovation and ingenuity can in fact be taught, to explore the most effective educational strategies to promote these abilities, and to identify the relationship between education for innovation and national competitiveness or economic development.
> An exceptional lineup of distinguished speakers will present papers on this timely topic:
> Richard G. Baraniuk, Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Founder of Connexions, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
> Sir John Daniel, President and CEO, The Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada
> MaryAnn Feldman, Miller Distinguished Professor, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
> James C. Kaufman, Director, Learning Research Institute, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, USA
> R. A. Mashelkar, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, India
> William F. Massy, Professor Emeritus and former VP for Business and Finance, Stanford University; President, The Jackson Hole Higher Education Group, Inc., Jackson Hole, WY, USA
> Barry McGaw, Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
> Katherine K. Perkins, Associate Director, Physics Education Technology Project, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
> Sam Pitroda, Chair, National Knowledge Commission, New Delhi, India
> Denis Fred Simon, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Levin Graduate Institute, State University of New York, New York City, NY, USA
> Zhou Mansheng, Deputy Director -General, National Centre for Education Development Research, Ministry of Education, Beijing, PRC
> The Conference proceedings will be published as a book by Sense Publishers. Additional contributors to the book include Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Prize winner in physics, and Dr. Dan Steinbock author and ICT Research Director, India, China and America Institute.
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Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Instructional Technology
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
School of Education
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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