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05 JANUARY 2013

Epistemological Positions in Design Research

"The significance of acknowledging the differences between the aspects of these epistemologies is twofold; first it connects the theory of research to the practice of research and reveals the limits of truth claims in terms of objectivity, validity and generalisability. Second, Crotty's model emphasizes the necessity of remaining epistemologically consistent. Objectivist research must distinguish scientifically established objective facts from people's everyday subjective meanings. In turn, consistently constructionist research must place all meanings, scientific and non–scientific on an equal basis – they are all constructions, and none is truly objective or generalisable [sic]. The further one moves towards subjectivism, the greater the limits of the objectivity, validity and generalisablity of one's truth claims (Seale 1999). Being epistemologically aware requires that at each point in the research process we recognize that we make a variety of assumptions about human knowledge, the realities encountered in the human world and the interpretability of our findings."

(Luke Feast and Gavin Melles, 2010)

Feast, L. and G. Melles (2010). "Epistemological Positions in Design Research: A Brief Review of the Literature". Connected 2010 – 2nd International Conference on Design Education Sydney, Australia, University of New South Wales.

"Point of View" by Christopher Hassler [http://500px.com/photo/6984247]

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2010academic communityassumptions • Charles Owen • Christopher Frayling • Clive Seale • constructionism • constructionist research • creative practice • Daniela Buchler • design educationdesign research • epistemological consistency • epistemological positions • epistemologies • epistemologyfindings • Fiona Candlin • Gavin Mellesgeneralisability • human knowledge • International Conference on Design Education • interpretability • Kees DorstKen Friedmanknowledge constructions • limits of objectivity • limits of truth claims • Luke Feast • Michael BiggsMichael CrottyNigel Cross • non-scientific meanings • objective • objectivist research • objectivity • practice of research • realitiesreview of literature • Roy Prentice • scholarly researchscientific methodscientifically established objective factssubjectivism • theory of research • truth claimsUniversity of New South Walesvalidity

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Simon Perkins
24 JUNE 2012

UK Times Higher Education: education news and resources

"Times Higher Education is the UK's most authoritative source of information about higher education. Designed specifically for professional people working in higher education and research, Times Higher Education was founded in 1971 and has been online since 1995.

We cover policy issues and intellectual developments worldwide through a specialist staff of reporters and many contributors from within the academic community. Times Higher Education provides high–quality information and analysis as well as a forum for debate for the academic community on higher education policy issues – public funding, tuition charges, quality assurance, institutional governance, student assessment, postgraduate training etc – and on intellectual developments, personalities and debates. Coverage includes a large number of book reviews of both specialised texts and books of general interest to an academic audience."

(TSL Education Ltd.)

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19711995 • academic audience • academic community • authoritative source • book reviews • collegescoveragedebateseducation • education news • education resources • educational resources • forum for debate • HE statistics • high-quality analysis • high-quality informationhigher education • higher education policy • institutional governance • intellectual developments • magazinepersonalities • policy issues • postgraduate training • public funding • quality assurancequantitative dataquantitative information • specialised texts • statistics • student assessment • THETHESTimes Higher EducationTimes Higher Education Supplement • TSL Education Ltd • tuition charges • tuition feesUKuniversities • university jobs

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2010

MIT OpenCourseWare: free online course materials

"MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web–based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity."

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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2002academic community • aeronautics • anthropologyarchitecture • astronautics • athletics • atmospheric sciences • audienceauthorship • biological engineering • biologybrain sciencechemical engineeringchemistrycivil engineeringcognitive science • comparative media studies • computer sciencecoursewaredisseminatione-learningearth scienceseconomicseducational mediaelectrical engineeringengineering • engineering systems division • environmental engineering • foreign languages • foreign literature • gender studies • health sciences and technology • history • humanistic studies • initiativeiTunes UlecturelinguisticsliteraturemanagementMassachusetts Institute of Technologymaterials sciencemathematicsmechanical engineeringmedia artsmedia studiesMIT • MIT course content • MIT OpenCourseWaremusic arts • nuclear science • OCWonline lecturesopenphilosophy • physical education • physical recreation • physics • planetary sciences • political sciencepublishingrepositoryresourcescholarshipscienceteaching materials • technology and society • theatre artsurban planningurban studiesVLEweb-based publication • writing studies

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2010

Promoting an inclusive academic community

"We now examine how emerging models of meaningful student engagement with institutions can start to re–create the notion of an inclusive academic community where learners, teachers and researchers are all seen as scholars and collaborators in the common pursuit of knowledge. Using student engagement with CETLs as a brief case study, we consider firstly how we can engage students, who may have little awareness of research, with the idea. Secondly, we describe initiatives aiming at meaningful student engagement in curriculum review, including incorporation of undergraduate research. Finally, we examine the experience of students who wish to publish their research outputs, using Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research as a case study."

(Paul Taylor and Danny Wilding, 2009)

Dr Paul Taylor and Danny Wilding, T'he Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research', University of Warwick, November 2009

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2009academic communitycase studyCentres for Excellence in Teaching and LearningCETL • curriculum review • engagementhigher education • Journal of Undergraduate Research • learnerspursuit of knowledgeQAA • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education • raising awareness of research • Reinvention Centre • researchresearch outputs • research publishing • researcher • scholars • scholarshipstakeholdersstudent engagementteachersUKundergraduateundergraduate researchUniversity of Warwick

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Simon Perkins
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