Policies focused on innovation often address educational systems and the management and organisation of schooling. Important innovations in education, however, take place at the micro level, the level where teachers (or facilitators) and learners interact.
One important part of the government role at the macro level in the light of these analyses is support for innovation that is generated and developed at either the school (micro) level or the intermediate/network (meso) level. In Schooling for Tomorrow – Principles and Directions for Policy, Johansson underlines this point: “there should be high levels of support for successful innovation and experimentation to ensure that the benefits are sustainable.” She maintains that a “climate of experimentation should be fostered within the broad frameworks of national goals”.
Clearly personalisation is one important area of micro level innovation, but there are other examples of new and inspiring ways of organising the learning process.