The Creation of a Center for Technology in Education
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 2 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-2-February-2004
Institutions of higher education (IHE) have long been invested in the creation of centers for further study,
application, evaluation, and research. Larwood and Gattiker (1999) argue that centers must be
committed to making an impact on everyday public practice. Furthermore, these authors support that
there are clear benefits to centers when there is a purpose that exceeds thinking and data collection
and concentrates clearly on influencing practice for goal attainment.
Creating a center that is absent any attention to impact on public practice might feed research or
development of new theory, however allowing observations in practice to develop questions for
research leads to a range of opportunities for scholars and practitioners alike (O’Leary 2004). Hence,
the center that utilizes practice and works to improve that practice is one that has more viable potential
to achieve impact. Impact, as we define it, is simply the ability to innovate.