Design research in early literacy within the zone of proximal implementation

Susan McKenney, P. Kirschner, Joke Voogt

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Despite intentions to the contrary, insights on pedagogically appropriate innovations with representative teachers in everyday school settings are severely limited. In part, this is because (design) research is often conducted at the bleeding edge of what is possible, exploring innovative uses of new technologies and/or emerging theories, while insufficient research and development work focuses on what is practical, today. This leaves a problematic gap between what could be useful research in theory, and what can be useful research in practice. This paper calls for (design) researchers to attend to factors that determine if and how innovations are understood, adopted and used by teachers and schools, and gives one example of how this was tackled in the domain of early literacy. Across ten studies, researchers collected data that helped shape an intervention that can be implemented by representative teachers, for diverse learners, in varied school settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences : proceedings Volume 1
EditorsJ. van Aalst, K. Thompson, M. Jacobson, P. Reimann
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2012: The Future of Learning - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
Conference number: 10

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Conference10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2012
Abbreviated titleICLS
Internet address


  • IR-84002
  • METIS-292420


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