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Conducting Educational Design Research by Thomas C Reeves, Susan McKenney

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Chapter  4

Analysis and exploration

John Dewey has been credited with saying that “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” The main goal of analysis during this phase of educational design research is problem definition. Through contextual analysis and needs assessment, as well as literature review, initial perceptions of the problem are refined and causes for the problem are explained. The main goal of exploration, which may be conducted alongside analysis activities, is to seek out and learn from how others have viewed and solved similar problems. Exploration is often conducted through site visits, professional meetings, and networking. This chapter describes the micro-cycle of analysis and exploration. It begins with an overview ...

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