Design-Based Research Workshop

Organizers:
Stephen Petrina The University of British Columbia
Mirela Gutica The University of British Columbia
Yi Fei Wang The University of British Columbia

Introduction:

Design-based research is a context sensitive methodological approach with the main focus on the development of pedagogical innovations (Anderson & Shattuck, 2012; Barab & Squire, 2004; Brown, 1992; Reeves, 2006).
It is also a design practice that integrates known and hypothetical design-principles with technological affordances to render plausible solutions to complex problems.
This two-day workshop introduces educational researchers to a new form of research called “design-based research” (Design-Based Research Collective, 2003). Day one will focus on conceptualizing design-based research as a research methodology and as a design approach. Day Two will emphasizes on design-based research projects and hands-on experiences of planning design-based research projects.

Day One


Outcome:
Participation of this workshop will enable participants to:
Identify the fundamental principles of Design-based Research
Outline:
1. Describe Design-based Research as a research methodology
2. Conceptualize Design-based Research as a design approach
Schedule:
8:00am-12:00pm
The presenter will provide an overview of design-based research from a conceptual perspective highlighting the characteristic attributes and principles underpinning the design-based research approach. The presentation aims to answer questions as
1. What is Design-based Research?
2. How does Design-based Research differ from other approaches?
3. What are the benefits of Design-based Research?
4. What are some critical perspective of Design-based Research?
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The presenter will provide an overview of design-based research from a practical perspective highlighting the iterative design cycle. The presentation aims to answer questions as
1. What is the iterative design cycle of Design-based Research?
2. How will the Design-based research get started?
3. What are the challenges of doing Design-based Research?

The presenter will review case studies of design-based research. Participants will work in groups to review examples of design-based research and seek to discern the critical elements of design-based research. These examples include research studies from literature and short interviews conducted at the AERA International Convention in 2006. They provide some specific insights from some notable researchers in the field of design-based research.

Day Two


Outcome:
Participation of this workshop will enable participants to:
Apply design-based research principles
Outline:
1. Identify in what situations design-based research is a suitable methodology
2. Practice the concepts by proposing/discussing a design-based research study
3. Identify the challenges and limitations of design-based research methodology in the context of previous activity

Schedule:
8:00am – 12:00pm

The participants will plan a design-based research. Participants will work in groups to create research plans for design-based projects based on their own research interests. This learning activity aims to develop participants’ skills in applying design-based research methodology in their own research studies. Additionally, participants will critically identify in what situations design-based research is the most suitable methodology.

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