Ideation training via Innovation Education to improve students’ ethical maturation and social responsibility

Gisli Thorsteinsson*
Associate Professor, Department Of Design And Craft, School Of Education, University Of Iceland


This paper will represent the pedagogy of Innovation Education in Iceland that is a new school policy within the Icelandic school system. In Innovation Education (IE) students trained to identify needs and problems in their environment and to find solutions: this is referred to as the process of ideation. The main aim is to improve their social capital through general education. Innovation Education has taken form as a new cross curriculum subject called ‘Innovation and practical use of knowledge’ as presented in the new National Curriculum from 2007. It has a place in the National Curriculum as a part of the new area for Information Technology and Technology Education. Innovation Education in this form can be said to be the result of 25 year’s research work, aimed at developing this new model for education. This was done in cooperation between the school system and the work place. The paper presents how the curriculum subject has developed its character, the pedagogical framework it is based upon as well as the ideology behind it and its ethical value as a part of general education.


Innovation Education, ideation, social capital, social responsibility, general education, innovativeness, future society.

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Gisli Thorsteinsson (2013). Ideation Training Via Innovation Education To Improve Students' Ethical Maturation And Social Responsibility. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology. 6(4) Feb-April 2013 Print ISSN 0973-8827, E-ISSN 2230-7141, pp. 1-7.


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