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Invention Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators

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 This special issue of Technology and Innovation explores ways educators are designing and making available to diverse groups of people opportunities to learn the processes, practices, and ways of thinking like inventors. It also examines what is happening within particular approaches to invention education, including who does what, with whom, under what conditions, and with what outcomes in specific educational and social settings. Invention education is an emerging field that transcends disciplinary boundaries. The instructional approach responds to the need for creative problem solvers who draw on expertise from multiple disciplines, cultural knowledge, and a diverse range of lived experiences to construct innovative solutions to real-world challenges. The growing dialogue about invention education assumes that the creativity and inventiveness needed to create new and novel, useful and unique solutions is something that can be nurtured and cultivated in people of all ages and from diverse walks of life.  As articles in this special issue demonstrate, educators across the U.S. are embracing this notion and are making a wide range of inventing opportunities available in K-12 schools, after school settings, and in universities. 

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