Fostering a Culture of Innovation: A Case Study of Elementary School Principals in Costa Rica
International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership
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To help promote a culture of innovation, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Telecommunication of Costa Rica established a national executive decree requiring all public schools in the country participate in the National Program of Science and Technology Fairs (NPSTF). This case study examines the role of five elementary school principals in Costa Rica in implementing and preparing their schools for the NPSTF initiative. Principals played three significant roles: the motivator of teachers and students; acquirer of NPSTF resources; and the organizer of NPSTF committees and coalitions to help train and finance the initiative. It is recommended the Ministry of Education establish a budget solely dedicated to support infrastructure and professional development for NPSTF while aligning goals with all stakeholders.
Principal Leadership; Globalization; Science Fairs
Education | Educational Leadership
Gonzales, M. M.,
Fostering a Culture of Innovation: A Case Study of Elementary School Principals in Costa Rica.
International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 15(6),