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How do I get started with Design-Based Research (DBR)?


Since design-based research is relatively new in education and there are many variants and methods, it is not simple to describe step-by-step procedures for conducting design-based research. Thus, in this section, general considerations for implementing design-based research as a novice educational researcher are presented. Although these considerations are numbered sequentially below, the steps often occur simultaneously or sometimes in a different order.

1. Begin with a meaningful problem

2. Collaborate with practitioners

3. Integrate robust theory about learning and teaching

4. Conduct literature review, needs analysis, etc. to generate research questions

5. Design an Educational Intervention

6. Develop, implement, and revise the design intervention

7. Evaluate the impact of the intervention

8. Iterate the process

9. Report DBR


@ Peer Group 2006