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Design-Based Research

Design-based research is a still-evolving genre of educational research in which the design and development of innovations (also called interventions or treatments) that represent practical solutions to complex educational problems is driven by iterative empirical investigation. This scientific inquiry ideally produces new or refined theoretical understanding (often in the form of reusable design principles) that can inform the research and practice of others. Also known as educational design research or simply design research, design-based research combines various research methods, including formative evaluation strategies, to test and improve an educational innovation in practical settings with the search for generalizable knowledge about selected educational variables. The innovations that result from design-based research can be educational products (e.g., a serious learning game), processes (e.g., a strategy for enhancing ...

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