08-04 Educational Design and Curriculum Development

Ultimately, educational research should be in the service of educational practice. To reach this goal, many researchers are now turning toward design studies to explore how to use and apply emerging theories on curriculum and instructional development. In contrast to narrower, more conventional approaches, design studies tend to emphasize the whole cycle of scientific inquiry, often involving sub-studies and analysis cycles throughout the stages of problem identification, hypothesis (re)forming, treatment development and testing. Design studies require interaction and collaboration between researchers, teachers, and other stakeholders. This course speaks to a fervent call for those engaged in design research to share their emerging insights and discuss common dilemmas associated with this powerful yet challenging approach.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will be able to:
- explain the place of design research in a broader scientific cycle;
- engage in informed debate about the warrants and risks of design research;
- articulate clearly the reasoning behind their own decision-making with regard to design research;
- support their arguments through use of relevant literature.


Participants are required to:
- have clear thoughts about which concepts and methodological concerns are at the core of their research projects;
- have basic knowledge of their own specific subject domain.


Dr. Susan McKenney (course coordinator)
Department of Curriculum
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
University of Twente
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands
Phone + 31-53-489-2890
E-mail susan.mckenney@utwente.nl

Dr. Saskia Brand-Gruwel (course coordinator)
Educational Technology Expertise Centre
Open University of the Netherlands
PO Box 2960
6401 DL Heerlen
The Netherlands
Phone + 31-45-5762148
E-mail saskia.brand-gruwel@ou.nl

Guest Teachers

Prof. dr. Koeno Gravemeijer, Eindhoven School of Education, at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Prof. dr. Tom Reeves, Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology within the College of Education at the University of Georgia.


- Beginning of October:
 Students will be informed about course, the course structure and will get the first assignment; self-study and writing an essay of about 3 pages.
- 3 November:
 Personal essays will be submitted
- 20 November:
 First day of the workshop: participants shared and divergent views, approaches, dilemmas will be discussed and put into perspective.
- 11 December:
 Second day of the workshop: with Koeno Gravemeijer as guest speaker discussing his experiences related to (some of) the themes that emerged from the first day of the workshop.
- 21, 22 and 23 January:
 Three days workshop with Prof. Tom Reeves as guest teachers. Before and during these last three days students will work on a poster, write a paper and a reflection essay, and conduct a peer review.


Course completion is based on: reflection essay, workshop participation, poster, paper and peer review.


- Van den Akker, J., Gravemeijer, K., McKenney, S., & Nieveen, N. (Eds.). (2006, in press). Educational design research. London: Routledge.
- Additional relevant sources as deemed necessary for your own paper

Dates and location

Workshops will be held on:
20 November, 10.00 17.00
11 December, 10.00 17.00
21, 22, and 23 January, 9.30 17.00

On 20 November the meeting will take place at Studiecentrum Open University, Vondellaan 202, Utrecht.

On 11 December the meeting will take place at Vergadercentrum Domstad, Weg der Verenigde Naties 1, Utrecht.

The meetings on January 21-23 will take place at Vergadercentrum Vredenburg, Vredenburg 19, Utrecht.


The deadline for registration for this course is August 15, 2008.
Before you register, please read our regulations for registration.
To register, please go to our registration form.
The maximum number of participants for this course is 15.