Educational design research, an innovative method to investigate virtual reality applications in disaster management training programs

  • Emilia Turucz UMFST Targu Mures
  • Sorana Teodora Truta UMFST Targu Mures
  • Maria Dorina Pașca UMFST Targu Mures
  • Ernő Jerzicska
  • Cristian Marius Boeriu UMFST Targu Mures
  • János Szederjesi UMFST Targu Mures
  • Leonard Azamfirei UMFST Targu Mures
Keywords: design based research, educational design research, virtual reality, disaster management, simulation exercises

Abstract

Educational design research is a form of experiment that combines the stages of development, design and testing of a researched paradigm in a way that all theese processes are conducted in real learning environment. The investigated educational dilemmas are continuously modified and readjusted throughout the research process, so that researchers can test and generate theories simultaneously within naturalistic educational contexts.

Design-based research is defined as an adaptive, collaborative, contextual and flexible process, easily adapting to any research objective through the adjacent methodological complex. It differrs from other research methods by addressing practical and theoretical objectives with the same importance, the final contribution being, in general, a validated practical application and a set of new theoretical knowledge.

The aim of this paper is to present the exceptional advantages of this research method and to provide a source of ideas for researchers interested in developing scientific works based on this methodology. Demonstratively, we include an example of a research protocol adapted to this methodological concept, which aimed to investigate the potential use and integration of virtual reality technology in disaster management related training programs. This protocol constituted the basis of a complex inquiry process led by our research team and which we consider to be a perfect model for demonstrating the adaptability of the method to instructional research objectives.

Author Biographies

Emilia Turucz, UMFST Targu Mures

Dr. Emilia Turucz is the responsable researcher for the development of the conception and design of the work.

Sorana Teodora Truta, UMFST Targu Mures

Dr. Sorana Truta has made substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, and she has given her final approval for this version to be published

Maria Dorina Pașca, UMFST Targu Mures

Dr. Dorina Pasca has made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, she has given her final approval for this version to be published

Ernő Jerzicska

Dr. Erno Jerzicska has made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, and he has given his final approval for this version to be published.

Cristian Marius Boeriu, UMFST Targu Mures

Dr. Cristian Boeriu has made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, and he has given his final approval for this version to be published

János Szederjesi, UMFST Targu Mures

Dr. Janos Szederjesi has made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, and he has given his final approval for this version to be published

Leonard Azamfirei, UMFST Targu Mures

Professor Dr. Leonard Azamfirei made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, revised the work critically for important intellectual content, and he has given his final approval for this version to be published

Published
2021-01-15
How to Cite
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Turucz E, Truta S, Pașca M, Jerzicska E, Boeriu C, Szederjesi J, Azamfirei L. Educational design research, an innovative method to investigate virtual reality applications in disaster management training programs. amm [Internet]. 15Jan.2021 [cited 28Oct.2021];67(1). Available from: https://ojs.actamedicamarisiensis.ro/index.php/amm/article/view/56
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Original article