Design-based research in an educational research context
mag. Tina Štemberger and dr. Majda Cencič

Summary:  Design-based research evolved in the 1990s, and was heralded as a type of research that could serve as a means of bringing educational research closer to the needs of educational practice. Such research is well-known and widely used abroad, but this is not the case in Slovenian scientific resources. In the article, we review the beginnings, development, and particularities of the approach. We also present the research process, which consists of four phases: (1) Analysis of practical problems by researchers and practitioners working in collaboration; (2) Development of new solutions (e.g. technological) informed by existing design principles; (3) Iterative cycles of testing and refinement of solutions in practice; and (4) Reflection to produce design principles and enhance solution implementation. We compare design-based research with action research and pedagogical experiments, while we also consider the advantages, disadvantages, and usefulness of design-based research.

Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies is
published with support of Slovenian Research Agency.