Design-based research workshop

June 26, 2007

I was visiting the design-based research workshop at Ed-Media 2007 yesterday morning. I took couple of notes at the workshop.

Here are workshop resources online.

Some more resources to the researchers of design-based research.

Design-based research workshop
Tom Reeves, Ron Oliver, Jan Herrington

Tom Reeves:

Identification of problems with participants, development of prototype solutions

DBR is rigourous, relevant and collaborative
Process focused

Products are: affective change (impact on situation) and warranted design principles (Reeves)

Action research, however, is different from DBR, in DBR the design principles must be one of the outcomes.

Educational design research
book 2006
van der Akken, Nieveen, McKenny

Chris Dede
River city curriculum

Yasmin Kafai UCLA

Charles W. Desforges

Jan Herrington:

DBR is..
development research
design experiments
design reserach
Formative research


Bannan-Ritland, 2003
Reeves, 2006

1. Analysis of practical problems by researchers and practioners in collaboration

Start with significant educational problem
talking with practitioners
articulating the problem
have a look at literature

2. A solution: try to come up with it

development of solutions with a theoretical framework

Interrogating the literature:
what aspects of the learning environment are you looking at
what paper says
possible principle

come up with draft principles to inform your research
draft principles compiled
we review technological innovations
design and develop a solution
Appropriate theoretical solution

3. Cycled of testing

how and why solution works and not proof that it works
the theoretical aspect may change in these iterative cycles

4. Design principles
testing iteratively

scientific output – design principles (draft principles, tested principles)
practical output – designed artifacts
societal outputs – professional development of participants

DBR design and evaluation functions
possible to match DBR against evaluation functions
Reeves and Hedberg’s (2003) functions of evaluation
review of concept
needs analysis
formative evaluation
summative evaluation
effectiveness of evaluation
impact evaluation
maintenance evaluation

Some aspects of the DBR approach were disappointing – iterativity was demonstrated only inside the DBR cycles and not between the theoretical aims and design-solution aims, which also occurs.
Why I liked this workshop is because it became clear to me that this methodology is not still established enough.


One comment

  1. It is really nice for you to have a chance to participate the DBR workshop. The materials you introduced are really helpful for me. Thank you!

    Meanwhile, We have to know that, as a booming methodology, DBR can describe “progress made and problems left”. A lot of problems need to be discussed clearly and carefully.

    Do you think so?

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