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Educational Design Research to close the theory-practice divide

Day: Saturday 27 August
Time: 0930-1230
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Helen Wozniak1, Elizabeth Devonshire2, Wendy Hu3, Diana Dolmans4, Susan McKenny5
1 The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2 The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
3 Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
4 Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
5 University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Background: Research in health professions education presents many challenges. It occurs in complex learning environments, is contextually varied, and involves an array of stakeholders. Also, research outcomes often fail to have an impact or build theoretical understanding about health professions education. Bridging the gap between research and practice, creating impacts that build theoretical understandings, and generating outcomes that can be adopted to new contexts, are often cited as limitations. To meet these challenges, Educational Design Research (EDR) is an approach for investigating important educational problems that simultaneously enables development of creative solutions and refines associated educational theories.
Who Should Participate: This workshop is applicable to all participants who have educational issues or problems that need solutions. Participants should ideally have some research experience, but may be new to EDR. Educators, clinicians, researchers and students will gain value from the workshop
Structure of Workshop: Following an introduction to the three phases of EDR: analysis and exploration, design and construction, and evaluation and reflection, participants will adopt the role of a stakeholder in a simulated research project addressing an important health professions challenge. Through highly interactive debate they will follow the EDR process and learn how EDR can be used to research an identified challenge. The simulated EDR project will unfold during the workshop with participants experiencing each of the phases of EDR and the decisions that need to be made during the research process. Additional examples of EDR will be provided to demonstrate the flexibility of the research methodology and in the final segment of the workshop participants will be directed to resources to assist them to plan their own EDR project.
Intended Outcomes: As a result of participating in this workshop participants will become familiar with the three staged process for conducting EDR. From immersion in a simulated health professions education challenge they will experience first-hand EDR in action and gain the tools they need to apply this research methodology to their own educational issue.

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