2nd Edition

Conducting Educational Design Research

By Susan McKenney, Thomas Reeves Copyright 2019
    326 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Educational design research blends scientific investigation with the systematic development and implementation of solutions to educational challenges. Empirical inquiry is conducted in real learning settings – not laboratories – to craft effective solutions to the complex challenges facing educational practitioners. At the same time, the research is carefully structured to produce theoretical understanding that can serve the work of others.

    Conducting Educational Design Research, 2nd Edition has been written to support graduate students as well as experienced researchers who are new to this approach. Part I describes the origins, outcomes, and generic approach. Part II discusses the core processes of the generic approach in detail. Part III recommends how to propose, report, and advance educational design research. In addition to expanded treatment of research goals and practicalities, more examples, and attention to design-based implementation research, this new edition features enhanced guidance. For each of the four core processes, this volume offers:

    • assessment tools
    • detailed, behind-the-scenes descriptions of actual project work
    • examples of how specific theories have been used to enrich the work

    For decades, policies for educational research worldwide have swung back and forth between demanding rigor above all other concerns, and increasing emphasis on impact. These two qualities, rigor and impact, need not be mutually exclusive. This volume supports readers in grasping and realizing the potential of educational design research. It demonstrates how rigorous and relevant investigation can yield both theoretical understanding and solutions to urgent educational challenges.

    • Part I: Foundations
      • 1: About educational design research
      • 2: Contributions to theory and practice: Concepts and examples
      • 3: Toward a generic model for educational design research

    • Part II: Core processes
      • 4: Analysis and exploration
      • 5: Design and construction
      • 6: Evaluation and reflection
      • 7: Implementation and spread

    • Part III: Moving forward
      • 8: Getting started: Writing proposals & preparing for launch
      • 9: Reporting educational design research
      • 10: Looking back and looking ahead

    • Appendix: Related reading


    Susan McKenney is professor of teacher professionalization, school development and educational technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on these three themes, especially in relation to curriculum design. She also studies synergetic research-practice interactions.

    Thomas C. Reeves is a Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia in the USA. His research focuses on educational technology in developing countries, socially responsible educational technology research, and open education.