Innovation in higher professional education: processes of framing and social interaction

The doctoral research is about change processes in higher vocational education from a change management perspective. The HU-Sirius program serves as a case study. The research considers  change processes as social processes in which perceptions and sense-making by actors play a crucial role. Actors act from their own meaning frames. These frames are not static but can alter during the change process (reframing) and may come closer together (convergence) or more apart (divergence). In this dynamic of framing and re-framing some individuals, 'tippers', play a special role because they move cross social space, and create connections in such a way that reframing occurs. In addition to these ‘tippers’ also the attractive force of the change message is an important factor in the degree of convergence and divergence of the frames of the different actors. The research mainly focuses on these interaction patterns. The objective of the study is to provide a contribution to an effective action repertoire for educational innovation.
Research findings are validated through a Delphi method in a broadly composed panel of experts and change experts.
Promotors: prof. dr. Gerhard Smid (Open Universiteit & Stichting Interacademiale Opleiding Organisatiekunde (S.I.O.O.)) & prof. dr. Elly de Bruijn (HU & UU).

Vocational Education

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