Susan McKenney

Room: Ravelijn 5442, Cubicus B223
Phone: +31 53 489 2890


I am especially interested in exploring and supporting the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development. My past work has emphasized the supportive role of technology in curriculum and teacher development; in more recent work, I have been looking at these issues in the fields of science education and early childhood literacy. I am also committed to exploring how educational research can serve the development of scientific understanding while also developing solutions to real problems in educational practice. Since educational design research lends itself to these dual aims, I work on developing and explicating ways to conduct design research. Much of my work is carried out in collaboration with organizations in developing countries, but I also enjoy research and consultancy in the Netherlands, the USA and Europe.

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Bachelor program

  • Sociology, pedagogy and andragogy
  • Technology for educational design: Complex systems
  • Educational design methodology

(Pre-)Master program

  • Educational design methods
  • Introduction to the science of education and technology
  • Computer supported curriculum development
  • Curriculum, teacher and school development
  • Curriculum, instruction and media applications design
  • Design in educational settings
  • Curriculum development, innovation and implementation

Inter-university research school ICO

  • Educational design research


  • Design Dimensions: Understanding and improving curriculum materials design practices for effective large scale implementation in science (NSF)
  • ICT for Education in Developing Countries: A scoping study to inform research funding programming (IRDC)
  • Open Discovery Space: A socially-powered and multilingual open learning infrastructure (EU)
  • Scenarios for Effective Workplace Learning: HBO en MBO educators collaborate with internship mentors to improve vocational education (HPBO)


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Books and special issues

  • McKenney, S. & Reeves, T. (2012). Conducting Educational Design Research. London: Routledge.
  • Voogt, J., McKenney, S., Fisser, P. & van Braak, J. (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue on Research-Practice Interactions in Education. Pedagogische Studiën, 89(6).

Journal articles