ERIC Number: EJ836914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Developmental Research Methods: Creating Knowledge from Instructional Design and Development Practice
Richey, Rita C.; Klein, James D.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n2 p23-38 Mar 2005
The purpose of this article is to provide direction to those entertaining a developmental research project. There are two categories of developmental research, both of which are examined here. The two types vary in terms of the extent to which the conclusions resulting from the research are generalizable or contextually specific. This article describes developmental research in terms of the traditional stages of planning, conducting, and reporting a research project--problem definition, literature reviews, and research procedures. Examples of adapting a literature review to a developmental study are identified. Problem definition procedures encompass focusing on and framing the problem, and identifying the limitations of the research. Research procedures are adapted to developmental studies, particularly with respect to identifying the study's participants, creating a research design, and collecting and analyzing the data. Finally, issues with respect to reporting developmental research are discussed.
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Projects, Research Methodology, Literature Reviews, Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Instructional Design
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