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How does DBR differ from other approaches?


Design-based research does not replace the existing approaches (Wang & Hannafin, 2005, p. 6). Rather, it often incorporates other approaches for a different intention: theory generation and innovation to resolve educational problems. Below are descriptions of how various approaches differ from design-based research:

  • Design- based research vs. Laboratory experimental research
  • Design-based research vs. Design
  • Design- based research vs. Action Research
  • Design- based research vs. formative evaluation


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