Each year the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) carries out research on the economics of education for the European Commission with the aim of disseminating knowledge and providing an overview of the current state of the economics of education.
This year the EENEE published Innovations in education for better skills and higher employability, a report that analyses the relationship between innovations in education and the innovative capacity of the economy. According to the study, education plays a key role in improving conditions for innovation in the economy, which requires innovation in the educational sector itself.
The report is divided into four sections. The first part covers innovations in teaching and learning, with a special focus on new technologies that expand the educational toolbox. The second section focuses on teachers and concludes that the success of new teaching methods depends on the ability of teachers to invent and implement innovative teaching methods.
The third section is on skills. One of the fundamental ideas of the report is that if the demand for types of skills changes, the educational sector should be able to respond accordingly. The report ends with a section devoted to innovation and improvements in education.
Among the most important findings of the report is that the increased use of technology in education is not a panacea for improving student achievements and that more research on innovative teaching methods is needed.
You can download the full report here.