prof.dr. S.E. McKenney (Susan)

Full Professor

About Me

I am especially interested in exploring and supporting the interplay between curriculum development and teacher professional development. This includes the supportive role of technology in curriculum and teacher development, as well as particular attention for these issues in the fields of science education, citizenship development, 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 has been carried out in collaboration with organizations in developing countries, but I also enjoy research and consultancy in the Netherlands, the USA and Europe.

For current engagements, announcements and comprehensive listings of scientific work, please visit http://www.EducationalDesignResearch.org.


Social Sciences
Research Planning
Research Practice

Ancillary Activities

  • North-West University (NWU), South Africa
    Extraordinary Professor


Jacobsen, M. , & McKenney, S. (2023). Educational design research: grappling with methodological fit. Educational technology research and development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-023-10282-5
Rotink, J. M. , Visser, T. C. , & McKenney, S. (2023). Burgerschapsvorming in de scheikunde lessen. Poster session presented at Onderwijs Research Dagen, ORD 2023, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bopardikar, A. D. (2023). How designers create scalable science curricula. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036556835
Other Contributions


McKenney, S. & Reeves, T. (2019). Conducting Educational Design Research, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.

McKenney, S. & Reeves, T. (2012). Conducting Educational Design Research. London: Routledge.

Van den Akker, J., Gravemeijer, K., McKenney, S. & Nieveen, N. (2006). Educational design research. London: Routledge.

Special issues

West, R., Ertmer, P. & McKenney, S. (Eds.) (2020). The Role of Theory in Learning Design and Technology Research and Practice. Special issue: Educational Technology Research & Development.

McKenney, S. & Visscher, A. (Eds.) (2019). Technology for teacher learning and performance. Special issue: Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

Könings, K. & McKenney, S. (Eds.) (2017). Participatory design of (built) learning environments. Special issue: European Journal of Education.

Kopcha, T. J., Schmidt, M. & McKenney, S. (Eds.) (2015). Educational Design Research. Special issue: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

Kali, Y., McKenney, S. & Sagy, O. (Eds.) (2015). Special issue. Teachers as Designers of Technology-Enhanced Learning. Instructional Science

Voogt, J., McKenney, S., Fisser, P. & van Braak, J. (Eds.) (2012). Special Issue on Research-Practice Interactions in Education. Pedagogische Studiën, 89(6).

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 5430
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  5430
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands