In this unit, we will critique the methodology, agency and scalability of design research practices. Over the course of the engagement in design-based research, scholars have identified limitations and challenges of the design research approach. These limitations and challenges can be productive in further developing design-based research in relation to theory and practice. Through these explorations we intend to inspire conversation around the “new directions” of design-based research.
- Identify and explain three lines of critique of DBR.
- Explain how these critiques have been addressed in studies.
- Discuss how current research is responding to these critiques – what are some “new directions” for DBR that are being worked out in the field, and where might DBR go in the future? (What are some directions that, if current criticisms are addressed, DBR might take?)
Kickoff Live Event: May 21, 10:00 AM PDT (12PM CDT/1PM EDT)
Description: In this salon, Megan Bang and Philip Bell will discuss the challenges and limitations of design-based research in three key areas: (1) methodological limitations of DBR, (2) issues of agency in DBR projects, and (3) challenges related to the design of scalable interventions. We will reflect on how these critiques have been addressed in theory as well as on the ground, and consider possible “new directions” for DBR that are emerging from the field.
Structure: Before the live webinar, facilitators and participants suggest attendees complete the week 1 pre-reading. During the live webinar, facilitators and invited participants will discuss challenges and critiques of DBR. The DMLCommons community can add notes, questions, and relevant resources for the discussion in the shared Etherpad. After the webinar, we will compile these resources and link them permanently to the unit page for future reference.
Participants: Megan Bang and Philip Bell
Prereading for Live Event:
- Bell, P. (2004). On the theoretical breadth of design-based research in education. Educational Psychologist, 39(4), 243-253.
Live Event: May 28, 10:00 AM PDT (12PM CDT/1PM EDT)
Description: Building upon the previous week’s webinar and the critiques of design-based research, this webinar will apply these critiques to work being carried out in the field. The participants and facilitators will reflect on their current and previous design-based research projects with a critical eye toward methodology, scalability and agency.
Structure: During the live webinar, the facilitators and presenters will share stories from the field and address questions sent in ahead of time or provided on the Etherpad.
Participants: Aaminah Norris, Caitlin Martin, and Vanessa Svihla