Subjective representations of educational design systems

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Several authors define taxonomic dimensions for educational design languages and educational modeling languages. We suggest completing these with the analysis of subjective (idiographic) representations of various stakeholders in order to identify design issues that analytical methods cannot detect easily. Repertory grid technique (RGT or RepGrid) was invented in the 1950’s by Kelly and is based on the assumption that people’s view of objects with which they interact is made up of an idiographic (individual) collection of related similarity–difference dimensions, referred to as personal constructs. We formulate the the conjecture that RGT could become a useful communication tool among design researchers and between researchers and expert users.

I am presenting the Subjective representations of educational design systems paper at VIDLATEL 2009, First International Workshop on Visual Design Languages and Applications for Technology Enhanced Learning, IEEE ICALT 2009, July 17, 2009, Riga, Latvia. There is also a longer 4 page version, i.e. the submitted draft.

A reader interested by repertory grid technique may also read the Rep IV and Idiogrid entries that describe two RepGrid software packages. for this article I used Rep IV which has a nice elicitation script. The free version allows for 15 elements/constructs. The commercial version adds some extra-features like configuration of fonts and drawings, statistical data and export/import features.

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