This paper, focusing on the emergence and diffusion of local level pedagogical innovations, displays and analyses the innovation activities of a particularly dynamic and knowledge intensive Hungarian basic school (ISCED 1, 2). The analysis is based on an intensive qualitative study conducted in the framework of the “Innova research project” implemented by ELTE University, Budapest. The case study reviews about twenty years of innovative actions of the analysed institution, and presents a wide range of local innovations: from those stimulated by external influences to those based on purely internal motivation; from those proved to be successful to those failing in the longer term; and from those remaining isolated to those spreading widely in the institution. The study examines the innovation activity of the school using an analytical framework applied originally to describe the life of specific innovations: it presents, among others, typical conflict and problem situations at various phases of innovation processes, such as the gestation of ideas, planning, proliferation, set-backs, adoption and termination.
Keywords: Innova research project, educational innovation, case study, emergence of innovations, diffusion of innovations, local level innovationsDownload...