SIG 17 - Methods in Learning Research


Jasperina Brouwer

University of Groningen, Netherlands

Marc Sarazin

University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Laura Thomas

University of Ghent, Belgium

Mission statement


Research methods are at the core of any empirical study. Learning researchers have at their disposal a rich repertoire of different qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method designs that correspond with different underlying methodological and epistemological paradigms. These methods are associated with various units of analysis on individual and collective levels.

The aim of the SIG is to offer a forum and platform for all those who wish to engage in discussions, dialogues, reflections, and joint collaborations on methods in learning research. In doing so, the SIG is open for all methods, methodologies, and epistemologies that address the processes, practices, and outcomes of human learning. Some key questions are:


  • How does learning theory inform the use and development of methods?
  • What are the affordances of different epistemologies? What are their consequences for units of analysis, re-constructions, and operationalizations to study how humans learn?
  • (How) Should we integrate, combine, and mix methods in learning research? What are the potential pitfalls and benefits?
  • Which new and innovative methods and approaches emerge in the field? How do they inform the study of learning and instruction?
  • How can we ensure robustness and rigor when applying methods in learning research?
  • How can (new) scholars be educated and trained about methods in learning research? 

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SIG 17 Conference 2020

Tidying the toolbox: trials, blunders, and challenges overcome in research on learning and education
9 - 10 September 2020
Vienna, Austria