ERIC Number: EJ1104821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Design-Based Research: Is This a Suitable Methodology for Short-Term Projects?
Pool, Jessica; Laubscher, Dorothy
Educational Media International, v53 n1 p42-52 2016
This article reports on a design-based methodology of a thesis in which a fully face-to-face contact module was converted into a blended learning course. The purpose of the article is to report on how design-based phases, in the form of micro-, meso- and macro-cycles were applied to improve practice and to generate design principles. Design-based research traditionally is associated with multiple iterations of design, development and revision over a long period of time. This challenges the idea of design-based research being an appropriate methodology for a short-term thesis or dissertation. We argue that graduate students who are limited by time constraints can also conduct educational design-based research as long as the relevant phases are followed, which can produce significant, appropriate and effective design principles. This article suggests that the scope of design-based research should not be limited to long-term projects only, which restricts the value of implementing this methodology to improve practice.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Blended Learning, Synchronous Communication, Mixed Methods Research, Program Implementation, Models, Interviews, Research Design, Technology Uses in Education, Integrated Learning Systems, Educational Technology, Pretests Posttests, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Social Media
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa