Design-Based Research in Education
Theory and Applications
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Effective research in educational settings requires collaboration between researchers and school-based practitioners to codesign instruction and assessment, analyze findings to inform subsequent iterations, and make thoughtful revisions. This innovative reference and course text examines the theory and practice of design-based research (DBR), an important methodology for conducting studies in authentic educational contexts. Leading experts provide specific examples of high-quality DBR addressing different research foci, grade levels, and subject areas (literacy/English language arts, math, and science). Applications are presented for curriculum development, intervention, assessment, and digital contexts, as well as teaching second-language learners. Also addressed is DBR’s role in educator preparation, professional development, dissertation research, and technical education.
“Why DBR? This book with chapters by experienced researchers in the field will guide you through all you need to know about this growing methodology in one place. Chapters cover what DBR is, how to do it, and specific applications. This book is suitable and informative for those just being introduced to the field, as well as for those of us who have been using DBR for years.”—Diane Jass Ketelhut, EdD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland, College Park
“Is it worth reading an entire book on a single research methodology? Absolutely. DBR merits extended attention given its versatility, its complexity, and, especially, its potential to bridge the notorious gap between research and practice. The book offers concrete, accessible guidance on the process of conducting DBR and shares examples of findings from DBR investigations in a range of educational domains and contexts. Graduate students will particularly appreciate the chapter on writing a DBR dissertation, and all readers will be inspired to include this approach in their methodological repertoires.”—Nell K. Duke, EdD, Literacy, Language, and Culture concentration and the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, University of Michigan
“DBR in authentic contexts is a crucial activity for scholars who wish to overcome the global challenges in education that we now confront. This important book describes the contributions of DBR to the planning and development of effective collaborative research in schools—a crucial stage in the continuum from early pilot studies to randomized clinical trials. The volume provides important insights for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.”—Chris Dede, EdD, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“This book pairs thorough discussions of what DBR is with detailed, informative descriptions of a variety of DBR projects. The power of DBR lies in its focus on research projects that have real-world impact. This book shows how to involve teachers as professional collaborators and carry out design experiments in naturalistic settings.”—Koeno Gravemeijer, PhD, School of Education (Emeritus), Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
“Having taught a doctoral-level DBR course multiple times, I am delighted to finally see an edited volume that discusses the charms and challenges of the approach and shows what DBR looks like in a variety of content areas and contexts. This book will be of value to researchers hoping to learn more about DBR, those who are already engaged in it and seek to disseminate their work, and those looking for support in furthering the method in the field of education.”—Jacquelynn A. Malloy, PhD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Clemson University
Table of ContentsI. Understanding Design-Based Research
1. Design-Based Research in Educational Settings: Motivations, Crosscutting Features, and Considerations for Design, Melissa Campanella & William R. Penuel
2. Addressing Publication Challenges in Design-Based Research, Margret Hjalmarson, Allison Ward Parsons, Seth A. Parsons, & Amy C. Hutchison
II. Design-Based Research and Curriculum Development
3. Combining Curriculum and Teacher Development through Design Research, Jan van den Akker & Nienke Nieveen
4. Curriculum Development in Science, Kalle Juuti & Jari Lavonen
5. Classroom Design-Based Research: Designing for Proportional Reasoning in Mathematics Education, Michelle Stephan
6. Curriculum Development of Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades, Zoi A. Philippakos & Charles A. MacArthur
III. Design-Based Research and Specific Applications
7. Literacy Is Transformative: Secondary Reading Interventions Using Design-Based Research, Alejandro Gonzalez, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, & Diane Lapp
8. Collaborative Design to Support Digital Literacies across the Curriculum, Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Sharon Dotger, Kathleen A. Hinchman, Heather Waymouth, & Keith O. Newvine
9. Multilingual Students and Design-Based Research: Developing Opportunities in Partnerships, Ryan McCarty, Tim Pappageorge, & Claudia Rueda-Alvarez
10. Using Design-Based Research to Develop a Formative Assessment Tool, Kristi Tamte Bergeson
IV. Design-Based Research and Teacher-Researchers
11. Professional Development on Genre-Based Strategy Instruction on Writing, Zoi A. Philippakos
12. Improving Disciplinary Literacy Teaching: A Formative Experiment Exploring Professional Development in Disciplinary Settings, Phillip Wilder, Emily Howell, Lorraine Jacques, Susan Cridland-Hughes, & Mary-Celeste Schreuder
13. Purposeful Clinical Practices in Teacher Preparation through Design-Based Research, Anthony Pellegrino
14. Graduate Students Writing Design-Based Research Dissertations, Susan McKenney & Thomas Reeves
15. Fostering Techno-Mathematical Literacies in Higher Technical Education: Reflections on Challenges and Successes of Design-Based Implementation Research, Nathalie J. van der Wal, Arthur Bakker, Albert Moes, & Paul Drijvers
About the EditorsZoi A. Philippakos
, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include reading and writing instruction in K–12 and postsecondary classrooms, strategy instruction with self-regulation, and teacher professional development. She collaborates with teachers to design and evaluate instructional approaches through design-based research methodologies and engages in experimental studies. Dr. Philippakos has published her research in leading journals and presents her work at national and international conferences.
, PhD, is a faculty member in literacy in the Department of Education and Human Development at Clemson University. She has taught English and writing at the secondary and collegiate levels and currently teaches preservice teachers and graduate students in education. Her research interests include multiliteracies, adolescent literacy, writing instruction, and digital tools. Dr. Howell approaches research through partnerships with teachers using methodologies such as design-based research. Her research has been published in leading journals of education.
, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to his work in higher education, he worked in K–12 classrooms and in public school administration for a decade. Dr. Pellegrino’s research interests include student learning of difficult history and counternarratives in history/social studies education, as well as the experiences of preservice educators in clinical practice.
Teacher educators, graduate students, and researchers; classroom teachers, literacy specialists/coaches, and school administrators working with children ages 4–17 (grades PreK–12).
May serve as a text in graduate-level courses.