Design Research in Education: A Practical Guide for Early Career Researchers (Paperback)
  • Design Research in Education: A Practical Guide for Early Career Researchers (Paperback)

Design Research in Education: A Practical Guide for Early Career Researchers (Paperback)

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Design Research in Education is a practical guide containing all the information required to begin a design research project. Providing an accessible background to the methodological approaches used in design research as well as addressing all the potential issues that early career researchers will encounter, the book uniquely helps the early career researcher to gain a full overview of design research and the practical skills needed to get their project off the ground. Based on extensive experience, the book also contains multiple examples of design research from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, to demonstrate possible projects to the reader.

With easy to follow chapters and accessible question and response sections, Design Research in Education contains practical advice on a wide range of topics related to design research projects including:

The theory of design research, what it entails, and when it is suitable

The formulation of research questions

How to structure a research project

The quality of research and the methodological issues of validity and reliability

How to write up your research

The supervision of design research.

Through its theoretical grounding and practical advice, Design Research in Education is the ideal introduction into the field of design based research and is essential reading for bachelor's, master's and PhD students new to the field, as well as to supervisors overseeing projects that use design research.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138574489
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


Arthur Bakker's clear logic helps to cut through the many questions and confusions that persist about DBR. This book offers an invaluable contribution to the literature by making DBR more accessible to research students and their supervisors.

Rupert Wegerif, Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge

This book offers not only clear guidance about essentials of design research for novices, but also stimulating food for thought for experienced colleagues.

Jan Van den Akker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Twente, Netherlands; former Director of SLO, Netherlands institute for Curriculum Development

Arthur is a careful and thorough researcher who writes clearly. In writing his book, he interviewed leading DBR researchers and scholars and shared draft chapters for feedback. I was honored to be one of them. I recommend it for your consideration.

David Reinking, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of Georgia

This is a compellingly crafted volume that does much to clarify and organize the wide range of research approaches described as design research. Although the volume was written primarily to guide early career researchers, its thoughtful and occasionally provocative handling of issues, which all design researchers confront, make it imperative reading for newcomers to design research and more experienced practitioners alike.

Richard Lehrer, Professor Emeritus Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, USA

Design Research in Education offers an accessible introduction to the essentials of design research. Geared specifically towards junior researchers, the book succeeds in providing a timely contribution to this still developing field in a way that will be of interest to experienced researchers also. Arthur Bakker has conducted an impressive amount of research in the process of writing this book: he refers to interviews and personal communications with many, perhaps most, of the leading figures from the education design research community. The considerable amount of literature cited at the end of every chapter means that this book offers one of the most comprehensive reviews of extant work on educational design research.

Rupert Wegerif and Louis Major, Educational Design Research

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