Creating usable innovations in systemic reform: Scaling up technology-embedded project-based science in urban schools

Phyllis Blumenfeld, Barry J. Fishman, Joseph Krajcik, Ronald W. Marx, Elliot Soloway

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Abstract

This article describes work by a research group bringing a middle-school inquiry and technology science innovation to scale in a systemic urban school reform setting. We distinguish between scaling and scaling within systemic reform. We pose a framework for use by developers of instructional interventions to gauge their "fit" with existing school capabilities, policy and management structures, and organizational culture, and illustrate how the framework exemplifies our experiences. We present challenges for researchers to consider as they attempt to create usable innovations and facilitate their adoption, enactment, and maintenance by school systems. Finally, we call for new approaches to the study of these problems outlining how systemic innovation challenges traditional evaluation and experimental methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Psychologist
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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