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.


Research Planning


Bopardikar, A., Bernstein, D., Drayton, B., & McKenney, S. (2018). Work-based Curriculum to Broaden Learners' Participation in Science: Insights for Designers. Research in science education. DOI: 10.1007/s11165-018-9731-x
Bopardikar, A., Bernstein, D. P., Drayton, B., & McKenney, S. (2017). Leveraging designers' expertise to create curriculum for teachers' professional growth. Poster session presented at 13th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, Berkeley, United States.
McKenney, S. (2017). Reflections on the paper set. Congres voor lerarenopleiders 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
McKenney, S. (2017). Academic writing. 44e Onderwijs Research Dagen 2017, Antwerpen, Belgium.
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

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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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 5442
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  5442
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands