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Title: A phenomenographic study of students’ conceptions of formal research procedures
Authors: Yeo, Jesvin Puay-Hwa
Koh, Caroline
Chye, Stefanie
Keywords: Design Research
Formal Research Procedures
Visual Communication
Research Methodology
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Yeo, J. P., Koh, C., & Chye, S. (2014). A phenomenographic study of students’ conceptions of formal research procedures. International Journal of Design Education, 8(2), 1-9.
Series/Report no.: International Journal of Design Education
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential use of formal research procedures in design research. Formal research procedures refer to the conventional approaches currently undertaken when conducting research in academic disciplines such as science and the humanities. This paper uses the phenomenography method by Hasselgren and Beach as the basis of its research design. This paper employed eight-step analysis process adopted from Creswell (2013) to analyze the interview transcripts of the participants. Focusing on visual communication studies at undergraduate level, this paper is a documentation of development and implementation of the formal research procedures on eighteen design research proposals. It shares the insight on how students experience, interpret, perceive or conceptualize various aspects of design research to capture the different ways in which design research is conceived by them. The study resulted in the identification of three conceptions defining the variation in the ways in which formal research procedures is understood: process conception, meaning conception and journey conception. The findings have affirmed aspects of formal research procedures and represent a first step in explaining the different ways in which visual communication students conceive design research.
ISSN: 2325-128X
Schools: School of Art, Design and Media 
Rights: © 2014 The Author(s) (published by Common Ground Publishing).
Fulltext Permission: none
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