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Julia Budd

Doctor of Philosophy, (Education)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
A design-based research study to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration using a case study from the New Zealand disability field

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The literature suggests that new methods are needed to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration when studying and developing resolutions to complex real-world issues. Therefore, Ms Budd used design-based research to develop and evaluate an approach to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration when studying inclusion for those with impairments in New Zealand. She adopted a critical realist research philosophy. Her findings show that the criteria and evaluation process developed were useful for evaluating the approach and that it did promote cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her study also demonstrates that design-based research, based on a critical realist philosophy, is a useful methodology for undertaking research that seeks to develop and evaluate cross-disciplinary approaches. In addition, her findings further the understanding of cross-disciplinary collaboration and the factors that promote and hinder its development. Based on the study’s findings, Ms Budd made recommendations regarding how the approach can be refined and used in a range of settings.

Ms Jill Bevan-Brown
Associate Professor Alison Kearney