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1st Edition

Educational Design Research

ISBN 9780415396356
Published September 25, 2006 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

The field of design research has been gaining momentum over the last five years, particularly in educational studies. As papers and articles have grown in number, definition of the domain is now beginning to standardise. This book fulfils a growing need by providing a synthesised assessment of the use of development research in education. It looks at four main elements:

  • background information including origins, definitions of development research, description of applications and benefits and risks associated with studies of this kind
  • how the approach can serve the design of learning environments and educational technology
  • quality assurance - how to safeguard academic rigor while conducting design and development studies
  • a synthesis and overview of the topic along with relevant reflections.

Table of Contents

Part 1: What and Why

Introducing Educational Design Research


Toward Productive Design Studies

Decker Walker (Stanford University)

Part 2: Examples from the Field

Design research from the Learning Design Perspective

Paul Cobb, Koeno Gravemeijer (Vanderbilt University, Utrecht University)

Design Research from the Technology Perspective

Thomas Reeves (University of Georgia)

Design Research from a Curriculum Perspective

Jan van den Akker, Susan McKenney, Nienke Nieveen (University of Twente)

Part 3: Quality

Assessing the Quality of Design Research Proposals: Some Philosophical Perspectives

Dennis Phillips (Stanford University)

Balancing Innovation and Risk: Assessing Design Research Proposals

Daniel Edelson (Northwestern University)

Quality Criteria for Design Research: Evidence and Commitments

Anthony Kelly

Part 4: Moving ahead

From Design Research to Large-Scale Impact: Engineering Research in Education

Hugh Burkhardt (University of Nottingham)

Educational Design Research: The Value of Variety

Nienke Nieveen, Susan McKenney and Jan van den Akker

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Jan van den Akker is Professor at the Department of Curriculum, University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Director of the National Institute for Curriculum Development.

Koeno Gravemeijer is Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Susan McKenney is Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum, University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Nienke Nieveen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Curriculum, University of Twente, the Netherlands.


'This collection is a good introduction to the issues of design research as a methodology.' - British Journal of Educational Teachnology