Innovation in Schools and Classrooms
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Innovatsioon koolis ja klassiruumis
Course title in English
Innovation in Schools and Classrooms
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Merlin Linde (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create opportunities to understand and evaluate innovative approaches, methods and environments at the classroom and school level.
Brief description of the course
Traditional vs constructivist approaches to teaching and learning. Collaborative teaching and learning, autonomy supportive teaching, critical thinking, open classrooms. School culture and school climate. Stages of school and classroom innovation. Data driven and evidence-based analysis of teaching-learning processes.
Independent work
Description and evaluation of three innovative classroom/school practices.
Learning outcomes in the course
- is able to map the school/classroom innovative practices;
- is able to evaluate the strengths and bottlenecks of the new approaches, methods, and learning environments.
Assessment methods
Comparative analysis of three innovative schools or classrooms
Mati Heidmets, Klemen Slabina, Merilin Linde
Study literature
Sharples, M., de Roock (2016) Innovating Pedagogy. Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment. National Institute of Education, Singapore

Conderman, G. (2011). Middle School Co-Teaching: Effective Practices and Student Reflections. Middle School Journal, 42 (4): 24-31.

Hattie, J. (2011). Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. Routledge

Schleicher, A. (2015). Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approaches. International Summit on the Teaching Profession. OECD Publishing.