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Principles and Methods of Development Research

  • Jan van den Akker
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the role of research in relation to educational design and development activities. The first part of the chapter focuses on the rationale and basic principles of development research by outlining motives for conducting formative research, analyzing definitions and aims of various types of development research, and discussing several of its key characteristics. The second part of the chapter deals with methods of development research, exploring some of its typical problems and dilemmas, and discussing several challenges for further action and reflection.

Keywords

Development research Formative research Research methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan van den Akker
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  1. 1.University of TwenteThe Netherlands

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