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Design and Development Research Methods, Strategies, and Issues

ISBN-10: 080585732X
ISBN-13: 9780805857320
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

This volume thoroughly discusses methods and strategies appropriate for conducting design and development research. Rich with examples and explanations, the book describes actual strategies that researchers have used to conduct two major types of design and development research: 1) product and tool research and 2) model research. Common challenges confronted by researchers in the field when planning and conducting a study are explored and procedural explanations are supported by a wide variety of examples taken from current literature. Samples of actual research tools are also presented. Important features" "in "Design and Development Research" include: nbsp; *concise checklists at the end of each chapter to give a clear summary of the steps involved in the various phases of a project; *an examination of the critical types of information and data often gathered in studies, and unique procedures for collecting these data; *examples of data collection instruments, as well as the use of technology in data collection; and *a discussion of the process of extracting meaning from data and interpreting product and tool and model research findings. nbsp; "Design and Development Research "is appropriate for both experienced researchers and those preparing to become researchers. It is intended for scholars interested in planning and conducting design and development research, and is intended to stimulate future thinking about methods, strategies, and issues related to the field.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
An Overview of Design and Development Research
The Need for Design and Development Research
Design and Development as a Science
The Design and Development Knowledge Base and Its Foundations
Design and Development Research and the Advancement of the Field
The Scope of Design and Development Research
Research on Product and Tool Design and Development
Research on Design and Development Models
The Outcomes of Product and Tool Research and Model Research
The Unique Role of Design and Development Research
Looking Ahead
Identifying Design and Development Research Problems
Guidelines for Selecting a Research Problem
Sources of Design and Development Research Problems
Problems from the Workplace
Problems Related to Emerging Technology
Problems Related to Design and Development Theory
Using the Literature to Identify and Refine a Research Problem
The Role of Literature in Problem Identification
Sources for a Literature Review in Design and Development
Focusing the Design and Development Research Problem
Transforming Research Problems into Research Questions
Determining the Parameters of the Study
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Identifying and Focusing the Problem of a Design and Development Study
Design and Development Research Methodology
The Nature of Research Design
Establishing Validity
Facilitating Notions of Causality
Facilitating Generalization and Interpretation
Anticipating and Avoiding Problems
Components of a Research Design
The Characteristics of Design and Development Research Methodology
Commonly Used Design and Development Research Methods and Strategies
Mixed and Multiple Methods Research
Matching Research Methods and Questions
Classifying Design and Development Research Goals
Matching Research Purposes and Methods
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Matching Design and Development Research Questions and Methods
Product and Tool Research: Methods and Strategies
Strategies of Product Development Research
A Representative Mixed Methods Case Study
A Representative Multiple Qualitative Methods Study
Strategies of Program Development Research
A Representative Program Evaluation Study
Strategies for Research on Design and Development Phases
A Representative Mixed Methods Study of Formative Evaluation
A Representative Multiple Quantitative Methods Study of Integrated Evaluation
Strategies for Research on Tool Development and Use
A Representative Tool Development Case Study
A Representative Tool Use Study
A Summary of Product and Tool Research Designs
Unique Product and Tool Research Design Concerns
Researcher-Participant Dual Roles
Research in a Natural Work Environment
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Addressing Common Concerns of Product and Tool Research Design
Model Research: Methods and Strategies
Strategies of Model Development Research
A Representative Multiple Qualitative Methods Study
A Representative Mixed Methods Study
Strategies of Model Validation Research
A Representative Expert Review Study
A Representative Usability Documentation Study
A Representative Investigation of Component Variables
A Representative Field-Evaluation Study
A Representative Controlled Testing Study
Strategies of Model Use Research
A Representative Expertise Study Using Think-Aloud Strategies
A Representative Designer Decision-Making Study Using In-Depth Interviews
A Representative Qualitative Study of Conditions Impacting Model Use
A Summary of Model Research Designs
Unique Model Research Design Concerns
Working with Recall Data
Research in Multiple Natural Work Environments
Distinguishing Participant Characteristics
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Addressing Common Concerns of Model Research Design
Selecting Participants and Settings
Selecting the Setting of the Study
Types of Settings and Their Characteristics
Matching Settings to Research Questions
Practical Issues in Setting Selection
Selecting the Participants of the Study
Types of Participants
Sampling Participants
Participant and Setting Solutions from the Design and Development Literature
Participants and Settings in Product and Tool Research
Participants and Settings in Model Research
Ethical Consideration for the Protection of Participants
Getting Approval to Conduct Research
Obtaining Informed Consent
Avoiding Coercion
Maintaining Confidentiality and Ensuring Anonymity
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Selecting Participants and Settings in a Design and Development Study
Collecting Design and Development Research Data
Critical Design and Development Research Data
Profile Data
Context Data
In-Progress Project Data
Try-Out Data
Data Collection Instruments
Work Logs
Surveys and Questionnaires
Interview Protocols
Observation Guides
Technology-Based Data Collection Strategies
Web-Based Data Collection
Software-Based Data Collection
Laboratory-Based Data Collection
Data Collection Issues
Ensuring Data Integrity
Establishing Appropriate Data Sets
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Collecting Data in a Design and Development Study
Interpreting Design and Development Findings
The Contributions of Design and Development Research
Expanding the Design and Development Knowledge Base
Creating the Foundations for Design and Development Theory
Creating the Foundations for Future Research
Interpreting Product and Tool Research Findings
Lessons Learned about Product and Tool Design and Development Processes
Lessons Learned about Product and Tool Use
Interpreting Model Research Findings
Understanding Model Development Findings
Understanding Model Validation Findings
Understanding Model Use Findings
Interpretation Issues
Generalizations and Project-Specific Data
The Impact of Organizational Concerns
Looking Ahead
A Checklist for Interpreting Findings of Design and Development Research
The Status and Future of Design and Development Research
The Expansion of Design and Development Research
Alternative Approaches to Design and Development Research
New Opportunities for Design and Development Research
Conditions that Facilitate Design and Development Research
Dissatisfaction with Existing Research Orientations
Knowledge of the Innovation
Availability of Resources
Conclusions
Glossary of Terms
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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