Brown Bag Seminar: Sigrid Blömeke, Ronny Scherer and Trude Nilsen
Title: Quantifying effects of school innovativeness
Abstract: Recent discussions about school innovativeness had assumed that teachers working at school that are open for innovation would respond positively to new ideas and thus be able to adapt to societal changes without providing evidence for this assumption. Data from the 48 countries participating in TALIS 2018 (N = 154,959) were utilized to examine predictors and effects of school innovativeness. Our findings support the idea that innovative school environments are associated with teacher collaboration, job satisfaction, cognitive activation of students, and innovative teaching practices. To quantify effects and explain between-country variation, we performed multilevel structural equation modeling and meta-analyses. Effects involving teacher collaboration and job satisfaction were more homogeneous across countries than those involving innovative teaching practices. Country patterns could be explained by countries’ cultural orientation (individualism vs. collectivism), yet not their economic status.
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