Design Approaches and Tools in Education and Training

Authors: Jan van den Akker, Robert Maribe Branch, Kent Gustafson, Nienke Nieveen & Tjeerd Plomp

This google book discusses the rapid evolution of training design in education. The editor’s purpose is to serve as a source and reference for advancing design in education and training. The book is separated into two parts: 1.) Principles and methods of development that will help strengthen the educational design and 2.) A discussion of different perspectives on educational design and development. Both chapters offer conceptual frameworks that help clarify ways in which information and communication technology can be displayed. The editors in the book explain the role of design in education that supports three different groups: 1.) Professional designers with a wide range of domains; 2.) Teachers who design their own instructions; 3.) Students, especially in learning processes that need educational design teaching. The editors conclude their book by valuing each paradigm that design in education holds and what aspects should be taught. 

Jan van den Akker is a Professor at the Department of Curriculum, University of Twente, in the Netherlands, and the Director of the National Institute for Curriculum Development.

Robert Maribe Branch is a Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University. As a professor, Branch puts emphasis on student-centered learning and teaches courses related to message design. 

Kent Gustafson is a Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia. As former chairman of the department, Gustafson has taught courses in instructional design, research, and management for educational programs. 

Nienke Nieveen is the Director of the University of Twente’s teacher education program in the Netherlands. Her positions at Twente focuses on professional learning in relation to curriculum design in education and design approaches and tools. 

Tjeerd Plomp was a Professor of Education at the University of Twente in the Netherlands from 1981-1999. He was Dean of the Faculty of Educational Science and Technology from 1982-1985 and Director of Institue for Applied Educational Research from 1986-1989.

Akker, Jan, Robert Branch, Kent Gustafson, Nienke Nieveen, and Tjeerd Plomp. Design Approaches and Tools in Education and Training. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1999. Google Books.

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