ERIC Number: EJ780332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 30
Participatory Design in Secondary Education: Is It a Good Idea? Students' and Teachers' Opinions on Its Desirability and Feasibility
Konings, Karen D.; van Zundert, Marjo J.; Brand-Gruwel, Saskia; van Merrienboer, Jeroen J. G.
Educational Studies, v33 n4 p445-465 Dec 2007
Research has shown the importance of students' perceptions of a learning environment and the existence of discrepancies between students' and teachers' perceptions. Participatory design could be a helpful strategy to reduce such discrepancies and eventually improve the design of learning environments, as it has proven to be effective to optimize design in other domains. The current study investigated the desirability and feasibility of possible use of participatory design in education. Students and teachers in secondary education were interviewed about their opinions on the idea of participatory design of a learning environment. Both students and teachers displayed predominantly positive opinions towards possibly engaging in participatory design, supporting its desirability and feasibility. Practical suggestions for implementation are included. (Contains 2 tables. Coding scheme: description of response categories to interview questions is appended.)
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Participative Decision Making, Transformational Leadership, Interviews, Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Student Participation
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/alphalist.asp
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands