Design-based Research Resources


Design Research Society Website

Design-based Research at EduTech Wiki

Design-based Research Webliography

Chief Journal

Journal of the Learning Sciences

Instructional Science


Commentary: The Growing Utilization of Design-Based Research by Chris Dede

Design-Based Research: An Emerging Paradigm for Educational Inquiry by Design-Based Research Collective

Creating Context: Design-based Research in Creating and Understanding CSCL by Christopher Hoadley

Design-based Research: Putting a Stake in the Ground by Sasha Barab & Kurt Squire

On the Theoretical Breadth of Design-based Research in Education by Philip Bell

Design-based Research Strategies for Studying Situated Learning in a Multi-user Virtual Environment by Chris et al.

The Practice of Design-based Research: Uncovering the Interplay Between Design, Research, and the Real-World Context by Diana Joseph

Symposium: Design-based Research: Grounding a New Methodology

Design-based Research: Old PER Wine in a New Bottle by Richard Hake

Design-based Research and its Application to a Call Centre Innovation in Distance Education by Terry Anderson


The Design-based Research Collective
The Design-based Research Collectiveis a small group of researchers who engage in design-based research, often in technology enhanced learning environments. This Collective focuses on a series of questions that speak to the nature, methods, and results of design-based research. (Read more…)

Design-based Research SIG
The Design-based Research SIG is one of the special interest groups of Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research. (Read more…)


Design-based Research
Design-based research is a relatively new methodology developed by and for educational researchers. It is interventionist – in that a purposeful change is made in a functioning educational context. It is participatory in that researchers work with practitioners. It is theoretical in that theory is used to design the intervention. Further, it generates theory through studied application in the original and subsequent educational contexts in which the innovation is used. 
(From )
Design-based research is research on how theory and innovative learning environments converge to support human learning and performance. The dual purposes of design-based research are to 1) develop theoretical design principles that are grounded in systematic inquiry about the process of teaching and learning, and 2) develop innovative tools, technologies, methods, and resources that put these design principles into practice.” 
(Generated by Thomas Reeves, Richard West and Chandra Orrill during EDIT 9990 online discussion)

Design Experiment
Theoretical and methodological challenges in creating complex interventions in classroom settings.

Experimental Research
An attempt by the researcher to maintain control over all factors that may affect the result of an experiment. In doing this, the researcher attempts to determine or predict what may occur. 

Experimental Design
A blueprint of the procedure that enables the researcher to test his hypothesis by reaching valid conclusions about relationships between independent and dependent variables. It refers to the conceptual framework within which the experiment is conducted.
(James P. Key. (1997). Research Design in Occupational Education)

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