Educational Design Research: methodological blind spots, challenges, and alternative sources for inspiration
Wednesday, June 29 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Location: Junior Ballroom D
Abstract: Among contemporary approaches to educational technology research and development Educational Design Research (EDeR) - also called “Design-Based Research” - has gained considerable attention. While design interventions are regularly promoted in various types of practice settings, EDeR researchers however often emphasize the primacy of “theory” without making explicit what type of knowledge claims they actually hope to produce. Regardless of their focus on intervention into contextualized practice, EDeR Researchers often seem to maintain an ideal of “scientific” rationale that is fundamentally geared towards universal knowledge claims. In our symposium we will explore various methodological blind spots and challenges of contemporary Educational Design Research and its application in the field of educational technology. In addition, we will review some potential sources for inspiration that could fuel the further development and emancipation of EDeR as a system of inquiry.