Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development   »   2013 Vol.6, No.3



Title: Developmental education for innovation: lessons from an experience in Kenya


Authors: Andrew Adwera; Rebecca Hanlin; Hazel Johnson


African Centre for Technology Studies, Gigiri Court, Off United Nations Crescent, P.O. Box 45917 00 100, Nairobi, Kenya
DPP, MCT Faculty, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
DPP, MCT Faculty, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK


Abstract: Promoting innovation through education is a challenge for both advanced industrial and developing economies. The linkages between public and private investment in education, the kind of education that is needed and sources of social and economic dynamism are all-important. These linkages are particularly challenging in the Global South, where many types of dynamism and social need are 'below the radar'. This is the backdrop to a practice-based project that used training in technology policy and innovation research to promote employability and innovation capability in key sectors in Kenya. We use findings from surveys, interviews, workshops and stakeholder meetings to rethink the role of education and training in supporting innovation that focuses on social need. We contribute to debate by arguing for a developmental education system based on a multi-sector and multi-organisational approach, and which combines different types of education, training and learning in collaboration with public and private sector enterprise.


Keywords: Kenya; science; technology policy; innovation research; STI studies; reflective practitioners; critical thinking; training; developmental education; emerging economies; employability; innovation capability; social need.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2013.056311


Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2013 Vol.6, No.3, pp.244 - 261


Submission date: 11 Jun 2012
Date of acceptance: 15 Dec 2012
Available online: 10 Sep 2013



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