Publishing and perishing: The critical importance of educational design research

Thomas C. Reeves, Susan McKenney, Jan Herrington

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The outcomes of educational systems continue to lag far behind expectations at all levels, primary, secondary, and tertiary. Meanwhile, the sheer amount of educational research published in refereed journals has expanded enormously. There is an obvious disconnect between the educational research papers published in professional journals or presented at academic conferences and any form of beneficial impact on the students, teachers, and other stakeholders in educational systems. This problem can be traced back to those professors and research supervisors engaged in the preparation of educational researchers who fail to convey to novice researchers important distinctions between the goals and methods of educational research. Educational design research provides a possibly viable alternative to educational research as it is commonly conducted in the field of educational technology. Educational design research has the twin objectives of the developing creative approaches to solving human teaching, learning, and performance problems while at the same time constructing a body of design principles that can guide future development efforts. The time for greater uptake of educational design research is now.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event27th Annual Ascilite Conference - Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20108 Dec 2010
Conference number: 27th


Conference27th Annual Ascilite Conference
Abbreviated titleAscilite 2010
Other5-8 December 2010


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