Responsible innovation in school design - a systematic review

Joanne Deppeler, Kathleen Aikens

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    This paper considers Responsible Innovation (RI) in relation to the design, construction and use of new schools. Drawing on empirical findings from recent international research we apply four dimensions of a RI Framework to gain a more specific understanding of RI in new school design and identify what might guide future innovation. Our analysis suggests that professional learning, evidence and participatory practices are important for engaging users in design processes. Flexibility and autonomy are key for adapting designs for occupation and for sustainability. Transparent value-based decisions are integral to aligning education agendas with school designs and educational practices. We believe RI offers a frame to think about how we might address challenges of alignment going forward. We conclude our analysis with a call for cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral applied research, integrating expertise across education, data science, and architecture and design, and through which future-resilient design and successful occupancy can be supported.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)575-597
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • learning environments
    • responsible innovation
    • school design
    • Systematic review

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