Pedagogical Innovation in Higher Education
journal contributionposted on 22.09.2021, 08:55 by Jeanette MajorJeanette Major, Sandra McCutcheonSandra McCutcheon, Robin AverillRobin Averill, Amanda GilbertAmanda Gilbert, Bernadette Knewstubb, Anita MortlockAnita Mortlock, Liz Jones
Quality teaching in higher education (HE) is gaining increasing international attention and pedagogical innovation is seen as an important construct of quality teaching. The drivers for pedagogical innovation include the need for 21st century skills and understandings, student demographics and empowerment, technological advances, and a turn to teaching in HE. Defining innovative pedagogies is a recurring challenge in the literature and a key focus of this article. Using an investigation into innovative approaches to teaching and learning at one New Zealand university, prevailing themes of newness, benefit, and student outcomes are discussed to develop a working definition. What is missing from the discourses and definitions is specific consideration of the influence of context on what counts as pedagogical innovation. In light of this, the authors offer an emergent definition of pedagogical innovation in higher education.