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Conducting Educational Design Research by Thomas C Reeves, Susan McKenney

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Chapter  2

Contributions to theory andpractice

Concepts and examples

Educational design research produces two main contributions: one to fundamental understanding (theory), and the other to applied use (an intervention that solves a problem in practice). This chapter aims to clarify the outputs of educational design research. The first section of this chapter addresses the nature of the theoretical contributions of educational design research. These can be used to describe, explain, predict, or prescribe. Such fundamental understanding can range from being locally to more broadly applicable. The second section of this chapter discusses its contributions to practice. Attention is especially given to the main practical contribution of educational ...

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