Development of Design Judgment in Instructional Design: Perspectives from Instructors, Students, and Instructional Designers

  • Nilufer KorkmazEmail author
  • Elizabeth Boling
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


This chapter covers the findings of an exploratory qualitative study that investigates understanding of design judgment as part of design character in the instructional design (ID) field and how ID instructors address and value development of design judgment in their students. This study represents an empirical exploration of ideas that are beginning to be acknowledged as critical, both in the field of ID and in multiple design fields where design-based research is practiced and design theory is therefore growing in relevance. The study data were collected through semi-structured interviews with ID instructors, students, and professionals. The findings suggest that even though it is not a commonly used construct in ID, design judgment is a critical ID competency that should be developed early on in novice designers. The five major ways in which instructors address development of design judgment are also discussed in this chapter.


Design judgment Design character Education of designers Design competencies Design pedagogy Modeling Reflection Projects Feedback Justification Vicarious learning Qualitative exploratory study 


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  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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