Inka Bormann

Innovations as ,Passages of Knowledge‘

Theoretical Foundations and Implications for the Analysis


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Based on an overview of foci in educational research on innovation and transfer, this paper outlines a model of innovations as ‘passages of knowledge’. Innovations are considered as collective, knowledge-based phenomena with implications with regard to temporal, spatial, factual, social, and cognitive differentiations. The paper comprises basic points regarding the theoretical foundation as well as the analysis of innovations as passages of knowledge.

innovation, transfer, discourse analysis