Category Archives: Research

Steps to make your research more relevant

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research often aims at a broader impact in society. But, how can you make such an impact happen? A researcher might face a number of questions (s)he was not necessarily trained to address, such as: How can … Continue reading

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A checklist for documenting knowledge synthesis

How do you write-up the methods section for research synthesizing knowledge from different disciplines and stakeholders to improve understanding about a complex societal or environmental problem? In research on complex real-world problems, the methods section is often incomplete. An agreed … Continue reading

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A better measure of research from the global south

… describe a new tool for judging the value and validity of science that attempts to improve lives. The limitations of dominant research-evaluation approaches are well known1–5. Peer review is by definition an opinion. Ways of measuring citations — both scholarly … Continue reading

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The Moral Foundations of Educational Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Values

This book considers what is distinctive about educational research in comparison with other research in the social sciences. As the contributors, all agree that education is always an essentially moral enterprise, discussion about methodology starts, not with the widely endorsed … Continue reading

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Linking learning and research through transdisciplinary competences

What are the objectives of transdisciplinary learning? What are the key competences and how do they relate to both educational goals and transdisciplinary research goals? At Transdisciplinarity Lab (TdLab), our group answered these questions by observing and reflecting upon the … Continue reading

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Creating research value needs more than just science – arts, humanities, social sciences can help

This week we’re launching Making science for people, a series of articles that explore how humanities, arts and social sciences expertise is applied to problems typically corralled into the science and technology space. In this first piece, Rachel and Lisa set … Continue reading

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Research Methods for Education in the Digital Age

What is research in education? And what is it for in a digital age? Reflecting upon these questions, this engaging introduction provides critical discussion about the dilemmas of researching education in the digital age and ways forward for research in … Continue reading

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The University campus as a transdisciplinary living laboratory

How can transdisciplinary educators help students reflexively understand their position in the field of research? Often this means giving students the opportunity to go beyond being observers of social reality to experience themselves as potential agents of change. To enable … Continue reading

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Demonstrating criticality in the Doctoral literature review

We have written many posts on reviewing literature—you will find more by using our blog’s search engine. The topic deserves our turning back to it from time to time because the task is challenging. The beginning of the process requires … Continue reading

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Developing research questions

All research is informed by a question, though how this question is phrased and presented (if at all) no doubt depends on the discipline one is located within. Research questions can guide empirical studies, of course, but they can also … Continue reading

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