A creative learning ecosystem, quality of education and innovative capacity: a perspective from higher education

Crosling, Glenda * and Nair, Mahendhiran and Santha Vaithilingam, (2014) A creative learning ecosystem, quality of education and innovative capacity: a perspective from higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 40 (7). pp. 1147-1163. ISSN 0307-5079

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Globally, governments recognize the importance of creativity and innovation for sustainable socioeconomic development, and many invest resources to develop learning environments that foster these capacities. This paper provides a systematic framework based on Nair’s Innovation Helix model for studying the factors of a country’s creative learning ecosystem (CLE), the quality of its education system (QES), and its innovative capacity (IC). The CLE factors are infrastructure/infostructure (physical and digital infrastructure), intellectual capital, interaction, integrity systems, incentives, and institutions. Using a composite CLE index for 113 countries, the findings indicate a strong correlation between a country’s CLE, QES and IC. Through brief case studies of countries that measure highly in CLE, QES and IC, this study points out their higher education strategies and their best practices for other countries to emulate, in order to facilitate creativity and innovation through higher education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author is with the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia; and Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Monash University, Caulfield, Australia; 2nd and 3rd authors are with School of Business, Monash University Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative learning environment; knowledge society; higher education; innovation
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Sunway University > Vice-Chancellor Office
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2016 10:18
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 03:41
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/320

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