What is Innovative Pedagogy?
Pedagogy is the study of being a teacher or the process of education. Pedagogy as a science explores the processes by which society deliberately can transmit its accumulated knowledge, skills, and values from one generation to another, from one hand, and activate individual person’s growth – from another. The major pedagogical question is how to educate a humane being? How to enhance students learning and meet the needs of various types of learners?
These tools may include educational goals set by the student and teacher, strategies or styles of instruction, the educator’s own philosophical beliefs, the student’s background knowledge and experience, the curriculum, modern technological devices, monitoring and test system and others.
The term innovation derives from the Latin word innovatus, which is the noun form of innovare "to renew or change". Innovation generally refers to the creation of better or more effective products, processes, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by those in charge of education – teachers, administrators, parents, etc. Innovation differs from invention or renovation in that innovation generally signifies a substantial positive change compared to incremental changes. Not seldom innovations are not accepted by educators or policy makers. So some say true innovations are heretic and belong to future.
In this context Innovative Pedagogy is the study of being an innovative educator or the processes of innovative education/teaching. And the key question of Innovative Pedagogy is - What are the educational, psychological, organizational factors/conditions that have a formative utmost effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual? Here are main steps of thinking on innovative process construction – 1. What is desirable for users (both students and future employers)? 2. What is possible with curriculum and technology? 3. What is viable at educational market? 4. What is beneficial for the community? 5. What is sustainable for our environment?
Thus, Innovative Pedagogy as a science and practice has a responsibility to prepare citizens of the knowledge society who are able to be creative, face changes, manage and analyze information, and work with knowledge. Worldwide schools and teachers are in various states of reform to adapt their instructional practices and educational systems to be more effective. A good example is Sudbury Valley School at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TfXsmW_aA
The role of teachers has shifted from being a subject matter expert who transmits information to acting as a facilitator of student learning in the knowledge society. Current reforms emphasize teachers develop students' capabilities in problem solving, teamwork, and learning to learn, reflective thinking.
Teachers and schools exist within these knowledge societies, which require that they be adept at the same skills they are developing in their students. If teachers do not acquire and display this capacity to redefine their skills for the task of teaching, and if they do not model in their own conduct the very qualities flexibility, networking, creativity, innovative thinking that are now key outcomes for students, then the challenge of schooling in the millennium will not be met. Hopefully, taking part in the discussions under the topic of Innovative Pedagogy we all here contribute to these noble and urgent world tasks. Good luck to all us!