Understanding Problems of Practice

A Case Study in Design Research

  • Dawn Hathaway
  • Priscilla Norton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 1-10
  3. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 11-25
  4. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 27-39
  5. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 41-50
  6. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 51-61
  7. Dawn Hathaway, Priscilla Norton
    Pages 63-69
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 71-72

About this book


Today, K-12 practitioners are challenged to become educational innovators.  Yet, little is available to the practitioner to guide their reflection about the design, development, and implementation of these innovations in their own practice. This brief approaches such problems of practice from the perspectives of design research. Although design research typically centers on the partnership between researchers and practitioners in real-world settings, relationships between researchers and practitioners are not always practical.  In this brief, the authors explore how the design research process can make the goals, assumptions, processes, methods, and outcomes of design research uniquely accessible to the practitioner. In clear, explicit language, it introduces design research to practitioners using both expository discussions and a robust narrative case study approach that ably guides the reader through the phases of design research, namely:

  • Theory to innovation to practice
  • Understanding problems of practice
  • Creating a design solution
  • Assessing the design solution
  • Evaluating learning outcomes
  • Capturing lessons for practice

Understanding Problems of Practice is a singular resource for teachers and practitioners enrolled in graduate research courses or courses on teacher leadership.  It also lends itself well as a supplement to professional development activities and studies at the district, school, and professional learning community levels.


Design research Classroom practice Problems of practice Design practice Educational innovation Teacher education Personal knowledge Design pattern Online course development Assessing design solutions Qualitative research methods Quantitative research methods Attitudes about technology Teacher technology knowledge Lessons for practice Design research lessons

Authors and affiliations

  • Dawn Hathaway
    • 1
  • Priscilla Norton
    • 2
  1. 1.Learning Technologies in SchoolsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Learning Technologies in SchoolsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77558-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77559-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-498X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-4998
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