Research and Net Pedagogies (connectivism conference abstract)

By Terry Anderson
The development of any new pedagogical theory or practice depends upon high quality and systematic research to validate the theory and the resulting intervention's result and efficacy. Traditionally, education has imported medical and science models of quantitative study and social science and humanity tools such as survey's and qualitative investigation to substantiate and develop new pedagogy. However, there is increasing evidence that the context of real education and learning is too complex, idiosyncratic and cultural bound to benefit from the types of research used in other disciplines. Recently "design-based research" a methodology devised by and for educators has been celebrated as an effective way to study and develop new pedagogy. This presentation overviews design-based research theory and methodology, provides examples and overviews the critique of other research methodologies.