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"Change is continuously innovative" (Rogers, 1986, p. 5).

Innovation is derived from the Middle French word innover meaning "renewal" or a "new way of doing things." Similarly, in Latin, innovation comes from the term innovare, which is to change into something new; to alter; to renew (American Heritage Dictionary, 2000, p. 904). Innovation is about ideas and human beings and builds upon repurposing, improving or renewing existing idea or practices. The principle of helicy within Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings (SUHB) describes the nature of the change process as being continuously innovative. By positing the science of unitary human beings, Rogers created an entirely new way of thinking about the nature of nursing, human beings, and the universe. Innovation merges out of creativity. From a Rogerian perspective, innovation is always a manifestation of new pattern rising out of the human-environmental human field mutual process. Like Martha E. Rogers, to be innovative is to be visionary, challenge the status quo, be curious, take risks, synthesize and make new connections. The purpose of this column is to provide opportunities for Rogerian scholars to share new ideas, theories, or research that explores, advances, sheds new light, provides new insight, or renews aspects of the science of unitary human being's postulates, principles, concepts, theories, and/or methods. The SUHB will only endure, advance, and evolve through the innovative work of its community of scholars. As editor of this column, I invite you to send your manuscripts to Howard K. Butcher, RN, PhD, APRN, BC at the 442NB University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1121; work (319-335-7039); email:

This issue's column describes the use of a wiki as a teaching strategy. The column illustrates how Rogers' participatory epistemology informs pedagogy. A wiki is used as an example of a teaching-learning strategy that is consistent with the Rogerian participatory pedagogy by enhancing learning through collaboration, participation, sharing, and peering in a pandimensional virtual cyberspace.

Howard Karl Butcher, RN; PhD, APRN, BC

Associate Professor

The University of Iowa
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Author:Butcher, Howard Karl
Publication:Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science
Geographic Code:1U4IA
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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