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Understanding Design-Based Research (March 2018 J-WEL Week)

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  • Eric Klopfer
    Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Judy Perry
    Project Manager, Scheller Teacher Education Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Design-based research (DBR) is a framework which aims to offer a means for educational researchers to evaluate, iterate, and refine educational innovations as well as their underlying assumptions. While DBR is not itself a methodology, it seeks to explore the complex - and often messy - contexts of real-world educational settings, with an emphasis on collaboration, partnership and inclusion.

In this session, Judy Perry compares DBR to more traditional approaches of educational research and explores DBR's strengths and limitations. This session introduces participants to the design-based research (DBR) framework through examples and case studies. 

Topics: Education Research

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