Susan McKenney (presenter)
Susan McKenney is committed to facilitating research that develops both scientific understanding and sustainable solutions to real problems in educational practice. Her own research relates to the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development.
About her presentation:
"Design research aims to yield the dual outcomes of fundamental understanding and viable solutions to real-world problems. Literature on design research often speaks of embedding scientific inquiry into intervention design or vice versa. This suggests the existence of a 'horse and cart' relationship, whereby the horse powers the initiative and the cart carries precious cargo to be delivered. But of these two – scientific inquiry and intervention design – which one is the horse and which one is the cart? And is this mindset productive? My presentation explores such questions and argues for more fully integrated design research processes."
J. Michael Spector (presenter)
Jan van den Akker (discussant)
Areas of expertise: curriculum policy making; curriculum development in interaction with teacher learning and school development; design and evaluation of curriculum materials; methodology of design research in education.
About his discussion:
"My primary interest is how educational research in general and design research in particular may increase the quality of curriculum development processes and products. From this perspective it is helpful to view quality as a multi-layered concept, referring to relevance, consistency, practicality, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability. Starting with an analysis of past patterns and current trends in curriculum development strategies, the focus of my presentation will be on promising research approaches that support curriculum decision making (by various partners) during consecutive stages of curriculum development."
Joke Voogt (discussant)
Areas of exprtise: curriculum innovation and teacher learning with a view to sustainable curriculum implementation. Her research particularly focuses on teacher learning and sustainable implementation of the integration of Information and Communication Technology in education.
About her discussion:
"Formative evaluation is seen as a core activity to increase the quality of curriculum development processes and products in all cycles of a Design Based Research study. I will argue that formative evaluation with its primary aim on product improvement is not enough for sustainable implementation of the outcomes of Design Based Research efforts. In this presentation theoretical insights about sustainable implementation will be explored and I will illustrate how these insights can be applied in Design Based Research studies."